A Saluting 11-year-old boy on Omaha Beach

After completing one of my lectures, I often receive comments and information from the audience. I have been fortunate enough to personally meet one member of the 101st Airborne Division who jumped into Normandy on D-Day. Once a member of the 2nd Rangers Battalion who climbed the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc gave his approval of my telling of that story – and added his personal insight. Recently, I had an extended conversation with a member of the 30th Infantry Division regarding the places where they fought during WW II.

Last night at the Wood Dale Public Library, someone asked who will carry on the names and stories of the individual soldiers of the war when us older folks are gone. Another person in the audience knew the answer to that question. If you want to know, view this video: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=project+vigil+d-day+2014+the+saluting+boy+on+omaha+beach

Fields of War: Battle of Normandy wins award

Our visitors’ guide to the battlefields of Normandy, France has received another recommendation for those interested in the Second World War. Reader Views, a independent book review agency has awarded Field of War: Battle of Normandy the 2014 First Place award in the Travel category. You can read the entire review at: http://readerviews.com/reviewmuellerfieldsofwarbattleofnormandy

 

One Soldier’s Memories

I recently discovered a wordpress blog that relates the experiences of Milton Schober, a member of the US 106th Infantry Division who fought during the Battle of the Bulge in December and January 1944-45. The inexperienced 106th had been on the frontline only days before it received the full blow of Field Marshal Hasso von Manteuffel’s Fifth Panzer Army on the first day of what the Germans call the Ardennes offensive. Two of the division’s three regiments were surrounded and within days almost 7,000 men, surrounded and low of ammunition and food, surrendered – the largest American defeat in the European Theater of Operations. Mr Schober was a member of the 424th Infantry Regiment, the unit that fought off the initial German assault and participated in many of the Ardennes engagements that followed.

Mr Schober passed away in 2013 at age 93, but his son has collected 122 letters written during the war and other items written by his father and recorded them on a blog.

If you are interested in what it was like to be an average GI – as if any WW II GI was average – read his reminiscences at https://dadswwiiletters.wordpress.com/

 

Battle of Waterloo

French Battlefields announces an addition to our lecture series.

June 18, 2015 marks the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. On that Sunday, the Grande Armée of Napoleon Bonaparte met the coalition forces of the Duke of Wellington in farm fields south of the Belgian village of Waterloo. The outcome of the battle was, as Wellington later said, ‘a close run thing.’ Using maps, historical paintings, and photographs of the locations of key engagements, Battlefield historian Robert Mueller presents portraits of the main antagonists, events leading up to the battle, a description of the fighting, and a review of the momentous consequences of Napoleon’s defeat.

For information regarding presenting this program to your audience, please contact: sales@frenchbattlefields.com

A Life of Death

After the presentation of a battlefield lecture, The Men of Omaha Beach, last night, I met a man who has written a moving poem about warfare during the past 100 years. Rather than presenting it, I direct your attention to a website that offers the poem and presents a short film based upon that poem.

Read and see A Life of Death.
Thank you.