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Jun 25, 2014

Show 1144 Return to Normandy: 70 years later from Pritzker Military

Return to Normandy: 70 years later, take a look back at D-Day and the invasion that led to the end of World War II

Codenamed Operation Neptune, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944—known as D-Day—is among the most important and memorable campaigns in modern military history. As part of Operation Overlord, D-Day saw the largest amphibious invasion ever and began the successful invasion of German-occupied western Europe that led to the end of the war.


This special anthology is presented in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and dedicated to the memory of Medal of Honor recipient Walter D. Ehlers. It features selected excerpts from lectures and interviews by a wide range of Museum & Library guests, including historians, scholars, journalists, authors, and veterans. Through their works and stories of service, each of the featured speakers contributes a piece of the story of Normandy.


Featured Speakers:


- Rick Atkinson is the 2010 recipient of the Museum & Library's Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing and is a renowned journalist and author of the Liberation Trilogy—a narrative history of the U.S. military’s role in the liberation of Europe in World War II. Atkinson is also the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, the George Polk Award for national reporting, and the Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense.


- Carlo D-Este, a retired lieutenant colonel of the United States Army, is a renowned military historian and 2011 winner of the Pritzker Literature Award. He has authored a number of incredible books, including Decision in Normandy and Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945.


- Colin Beavan is author of Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.


- Ed Ruggero, a West Point graduate and former infantry officer, is the author of Combat Jump: The Young Men who Led the Assault into Fortress Europe, July 1943 and Duty First: A Year in the Life of West Point and the Making of American Leaders.


- Patrick O’Donnell is the author of Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc—The Rangers Who Accomplished D-Day’s Toughest Mission and Led the Way across Europe. His previous books include Beyond Valor, winner of the prestigious William E. Colby Award, and a highly acclaimed account of the Battle of Fallujah, We Were One.


- Walter D. Ehlers was a veteran of World War II and the Normandy invasion, and was awarded the Medal of Honor his heroic actions on June 9-10, 1945. Ehlers twice visited the Museum & Library to share his story of service on Omaha Beach, where he served as a squad leader in charge of 12 soldiers with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division—known as the Big Red One.


- Sir Max Hastings is the 2012 Pritzker Literature Award winner and has been hailed as an accomplished journalist, writer, historian and editor. He is the author of 23 books, including Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945, Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-45, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45 and Nemesis: The Battle for Japan 1944-45. Hastings has reported on 11 conflicts, including Vietnam and the 1982 South Atlantic war.


- Antony Beevor was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1997 and in 2008 was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia. He served as a regular officer in the 11th Hussars in Germany. He is the author of Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife Artemis Cooper); Stalingrad, Berlin: The Downfall, The Mystery of Olga Chekhova; and most recently, the bestseller D-Day: The Battle for Normandy.


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