Program Topics

THE TURNING POINTS OF WORLD WAR II

A turning point is a point in a war or campaign where one combatant experiences a reversal in fortune. The combatant losses the initiative, suffers loss of freedom in a theater of war and the opponent assumes the offensive. In WW II there were five key turning point battles each […]

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A Failure in American Diplomacy: Summer 1941

A Failure in American Diplomacy: Summer 1941

War with Japan could have been avoided in 1941. Although many historians state that war in the Pacific was inevitable, a window of opportunity to resolve issues diplomatically did present itself in the summer of 1941. The presentation will cover what the failure in American diplomacy was all about and […]

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Operation Barbarossa: The Invasion of the USSR by Nazi Germany

Operation Barbarossa: The Invasion of the USSR by Nazi Germany

On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union using the largest armed force ever assembled.  More than 3 million troops, 600,000 vehicles, 750,000 horses, 3,580 tanks, and 1,830 were hurled against the Russians who were caught totally unprepared.  The presentation will cover all aspects of the massive assault […]

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“Woodrow Wilson and America’s First Attempt at Establishing a New World Order”

“Woodrow Wilson and America’s First Attempt at Establishing a New World Order”

America’s first effort at establishing a new world order on behalf of a troubled world was the vision President Woodrow Wilson put forth at the Versailles Peace Conference in the spring of 1919.  Historians view this as a failed effort because the U.S. did not join the League of Nations […]

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World War II – The 20th Century’s Most Significant Event

World War II – The 20th Century’s Most Significant Event

A presentation on the history of the World War II Era and its impact on world history.  WW II was the most violent and devastating war ever fought with nearly 60 million lives lost due to battle, aerial bombing, acts of genocide and the use of atomic bombs.  The talk […]

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Pearl Harbor: A Day Of Infamy

Pearl Harbor: A Day Of Infamy

Early in the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese carrier-based planes and submarines attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet and nearby military airfields at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Eight American battleships and ten other naval vessels were sunk or badly damaged.  A total of 64 American aircraft were destroyed and over 3,400 […]

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D-Day June 6, 1944 – Why Did It Succeed?

D-Day June 6, 1944 – Why Did It Succeed?

Operation Overlord, the amphibious invasion of north west France on June 6, 1944, the largest seaborne assault ever conducted, was carefully planned over a six month period as a combined, joint service operation. The operation nearly failed.  This presentation will review the details of this crucial invasion and how it […]

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The Longest Walk

The Longest Walk

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 […]

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Upcoming Events

Dec
5
Thu
2:00 pm CRITICAL WW II TURNING POINT – T... @ Wall Township Branch, Monmouth County Library
CRITICAL WW II TURNING POINT – T... @ Wall Township Branch, Monmouth County Library
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 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[...]
Dec
10
Tue
7:00 pm BATTLE OF THE BULGE, DECEMBER 19... @ Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
BATTLE OF THE BULGE, DECEMBER 19... @ Robbinsville Branch, Mercer County Library System
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
BATTLE OF THE BULGE, DEC. 1944: GREATEST AMERICAN BATTLE The Battle of the Bulge, Adolf Hitler’s final counter offensive in northwest Europe, was launched on December 16, 1944. Aimed at splitting the Allied armies in half and capturing the key port of Antwerp, the offensive surprised the Allies and caused[...]
Dec
12
Thu
7:00 pm BATTLE OF THE BULGE, DECEMBER 19... @ Brick Branch, Ocean County Library
BATTLE OF THE BULGE, DECEMBER 19... @ Brick Branch, Ocean County Library
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
BATTLE OF THE BULGE, DEC. 1944: GREATEST AMERICAN BATTLE The Battle of the Bulge, Adolf Hitler’s final counter offensive in northwest Europe, was launched on December 16, 1944. Aimed at splitting the Allied armies in half and capturing the key port of Antwerp, the offensive surprised the Allies and caused[...]

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