For well over a decade, HRHS members Irvin and Nancy Hess have recorded numerous military historians, authors, and veterans speaking on a variety of topics. Join them as they share some of their favorite lectures from the Second World War and gain a better understanding of this significant period of the 20th century.
The free video lectures will be held at the Heritage Museum in Dayton, Virginia, on Second Tuesdays, at 6:30 pm. Two lectures will be shown each evening so plan for about 1.5 – 2 hours. Note: As of September, only one video will be shown beginning at 6:30 pm.
Hear from fascinating people such as:
- Harold Baumgarten, a veteran from the Army’s 29th Infantry Division, whose D-Day survival story inspired Steven Spielberg’s opening scene in the film Saving Private Ryan.
- Edwin C. Bearrs, Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994 and who fought with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion in the invasion of Guadalcanal and the Russell Islands and 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, in New Britain.
- Robert J. Dalessandro, a VMI graduate and retired Colonel in the U.S. Army who served as the Deputy Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission and was a former Director of the United States Army Center of Military History at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. Dalessandro is an American historian and author who has written and presented extensively on various military topics.
- Carlo D’Este, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and acclaimed military historian and author whose publications include mammoth biographies of Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, and Winston Churchill.
- Jerry Morelock, a West Point graduate, decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and retired colonel of the US Army. Forelock is Editor at Large for World History Group/HISTORYNET.com, the world’s largest publisher of history magazines, and was Editor in Chief of Armchair General magazine 2004-2015.
- Charles P. Roland, Professor Emeritus of the University of Kentucky, noted historian, and author, who joined the United States Army as a captain in the infantry in the European Theatre of World War II. He fought in the 1944 Battle of the Bulge and earned a Purple Heart fighting in the Remagen Bridgehead.
- Craig Symonds Professor Emeritus of the United States Naval Academy and distinguished historian and author of numerous books on maritime history.
June 13, 2017: Richard B. Frank, Pearl Harbor in Three Strikes, and Carlo W. D’Este, Ike: A Soldier’s Life
July 11, 2017: Joseph H. Alexander, Storm Landings: The Evolution of Amphibious Assault in the Pacific War and Harold Bumgarten, On Omaha Beach
August 8, 2017: Charles P. Roland, Battle Babies: The Saga of a Draftee Infantry Division and Harold Baumgarten, Ed Bearss, Spencer Wurst and Dennis McAuliffe, Our Heroes Share Their WWII Experiences
September 12, 2017: James Doolittle’s Daring Raid with Craig Lee Symonds. One lecture beginning at 6:30 pm.
October 10, 2017: Patton: A Genius for War with author Carlo D’Este. Carlo D’Este is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and acclaimed military historian. He is a noted author whose publications include mammoth biographies of Eisenhower, Churchill, and Patton. In this presentation, D’Este presents his portrait of General George S. Patton. One lecture beginning at 6:30 pm.
November 14, 2017: General Bradley’s Leadership Crisis at the Battle of the Bulge with author Jerry Morelock, Col. US Army, ret., PhD. Morelock edited Armchair General magazine from 2004-2015. He has written numerous articles and books, including Generals of the Bulge: Leadership in the U.S. Army’s Greatest Battle, published in 2015. In this video, Morelock focuses on General Omar Bradley. One lecture beginning at 6:30 pm. Free, donations usually encouraged.