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Select lectures may have availability of 20 or less persons to comply with social distancing guidelines inside of the Education Q-Hut at the National D-Day Memorial. Masks and registration are required. A link for registration can be found under the information for lectures that have an in-person option.
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Noon
“The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a WWII GI from the Home Front to the Hurtgen Forest”
Chris Hartley, WWII Historian and Author
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Noon
“Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-Day and Victory in World War II”
Norman Fine, WWII Historian and Author
Author Norman Fine will share a little-known story about a new invention made on the eve of WWII. Despite apathy and resistance from entrenched military establishments, the invention transformed radar as all the combatants knew it from a defensive tool into an offensive weapon of war. Only the Allies had it, and the enemy was mystified by their losses. Fine’s book, Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-Day and Victory in World War II, won the silver medal for World History in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Noon
“Hail to the Chiefs: The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told”
Rick Beyer, New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and a longtime history enthusiast
Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told, offers a treasure trove of quirky presidential history that will truly astonish, bewilder and stupefy. From Washington’s improvised inauguration to Lincolns duel to Jimmy Carter’s UFO sighting. Presidential history you won’t find anywhere else.
Rick Beyer is a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and a longtime history enthusiast. He made the PBS documentary The Ghost Army and penned the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books. He is currently host of the weekly Facebook/YouTube live-cast History Happy Hour.
Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Noon
“Winning the Peace: MacArthur and the Occupation of Japan”
Amanda Williams, Education Manager, MacArthur Memorial
Given the bitter fighting that took place in the Pacific during World War II, the occupation of Japan was a daunting prospect. As student of history and a veteran of the post-World War I Occupation of Germany, General Douglas MacArthur understood that great military victories often unraveled in occupations. Determined to win the post-war battle for peace, he approached the occupation with a unique blend of statesmanship, pragmatism, theatre, and a belief in the fundamental dignity and potential of the Japanese people.