WW II Era Studies Institute

The Institute is dedicated to stimulating and fostering the study of the historical, political, social, economic and military aspects of World War II in order to provide an understanding of the impact of the war on world history and help future generations avoid armed conflict in the resolution of global problems. The institute is a resource open to all. It educates the community about key events of WW II, the political and military leaders who waged the war and made peace, and those who served on the battlefield as well as on the home front. The ultimate goal of the Institute is to utilize the lessons learned from World War II to prevent the recurrence of global armed conflict in a world of sovereign states with divergent interests, wants and needs.

Triumphant Spirit: America's WW II Generation Speaks

“Triumphant Spirit’ is a cable television series that features the stories of a generation that fought and won the Second World War. The series was produced by Brookdale Community College. Each interview can be seen via the Library of Congress and Youtube. Directed by Brian Hemstreet

The Institute Offers: Expert History Speakers

Presentations by knowledgeable speakers before organizations, clubs, school audiences. Seminars conducted by subject experts at locations desired by the host. Informative, educational trips for all ages conducted at home and abroad by tour guides. Guest speakers for public and private events & ceremonies.

Books by Paul Zigo, Director, World War II Era Studies Instititute

Purchase When Men Have To Die

“When Men Have To Die” is a revealing book about the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese in April 1942 and the subsequent Bataan Death March. It features the memoir of Army veteran Harry J. Whittinghill, one who was there and suffered afterwards as a Japanese prisoner of war for over three long years. The book is co-authored with Dr. John McLaughlin, former director of the NJ World War II Book Club and Marie Somers, retired Director of Communication for Information Technology at Seton Hall University.

Purchase The Longest Walk

This book details via narrative, photos and maps the story of the 29th Infantry Division from D-Day June 6, 1944 to the capture of St. Lo, France 40 agonizing days later - "the longest walk." The book features photos of the actual invasion, the story of what happened during the course of battle, and color photos of what the battlefield looks like today. It salutes the contribution of the Division to the Allied victory ultimately achieved on May 8, 1945.

Learn about your past.

First hand accounts of World War II tell the story of what happened all those years ago.

Upcoming Events

6:30 pm THE LONGEST WALK – THE AMAZING S... @ Avon Marina
Nov 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
A presentation on the recently published book, “The Longest Walk,” the story of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division which landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day June 6, 1944. The regiment’s exploits were featured in the riveting opening scene of the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” This regiment[...]
7:00 pm OPERATION TORCH: THE ALLIED INVA... @ Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch
OPERATION TORCH: THE ALLIED INVA... @ Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
On November 8, 1942 an Anglo-American force landed in French Morocco and Algeria with the aim and goal to gain complete control of North Africa and defeat General Erwin Rommel’s German-Italian Army in Libya. TORCH was primarily an American operation under the command of Lt.-General Dwight D. Eisenhower assisted by[...]
7:30 pm CRITICAL WW II TURNING POINT – T... @ Cranford Public Library
CRITICAL WW II TURNING POINT – T... @ Cranford Public Library
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Guadalcanal, a Japanese occupied island in the Solomon Island chain in the South Pacific was invaded by a major US Marine force on August 7, 1942. The bloody and protracted struggle for this steamy, malaria-ridden, rain-sodden island lasted for nearly 6 months resulting in over 6000 casualties to include 1752[...]


For Inquiries
Email: ww2erastudies@gmail.com.
Available for bookings.

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