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June 2020

A BOOK FIT FOR A KING

2020-06-02T10:47:21+02:00

As the author of half a dozen books on World War II, I have over the years been fortunate to reach a wide-ranging international audience. But to have one of my books selected as a present for a king is a first. On May 24th, during the Memorial Day commemorations at the American World War [...]

A BOOK FIT FOR A KING2020-06-02T10:47:21+02:00

February 2020

IN PATTON’S TRACKS WITH NATO

2020-02-03T15:38:05+02:00

How to make your weekend special? First, by being asked to take seventeen ambassadors to NATO on an author’s tour of the Battle of the Bulge. Next, to have the War Heritage Institute liven up that tour just that little bit by organizing a long column of vintage World War II vehicles, including three Sherman [...]

IN PATTON’S TRACKS WITH NATO2020-02-03T15:38:05+02:00

TODAY’S SCREAMING EAGLES

2020-02-03T15:33:23+02:00

It is one thing to be complemented on your book by a reader. It is quite another thing to get praise for ‘Those Who Hold Bastogne’ from a young officer in today’s 101st Airborne Division. Here posing with Captain Jack LaZebnik who dropped by for a chat at the Bastogne War Museum book signing session [...]

TODAY’S SCREAMING EAGLES2020-02-03T15:33:23+02:00

September 2019

THE MONUMENTS MAN

2019-09-23T17:02:49+02:00

Had a memorable meeting with Robert Edsel, author of the international bestseller ‘The Monuments Men,’ made into a movie with George Clooney and Matt Damon. Robert had suggested a get-together after reading my book, ‘The Margraten Boys.’ Monuments man Walter Huchthausen is one of the ten thousand American fallen commemorated at the Dutch WWII cemetery [...]

THE MONUMENTS MAN2019-09-23T17:02:49+02:00

April 2019

HAPPY AUTHOR

2020-02-03T15:34:06+02:00

Very pleased to announce the publication of what promises to be the standard work on Belgium during World War II for some time to come. It is an exhaustive and richly illustrated history and the work of a team of passionate historians. As we approach the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Europe, I am [...]

HAPPY AUTHOR2020-02-03T15:34:06+02:00

December 2018

THE LONGEST NIGHT

2018-12-18T11:42:53+02:00

Signing my books long after dark at the Bastogne War Museum. The museum exceptionally stayed open for a book fair where I gave a talk and had an opportunity to meet readers just hours away from the 74th anniversary of the start of the Ardennes counteroffensive. A very special occasion.

THE LONGEST NIGHT2018-12-18T11:42:53+02:00

October 2018

THIS IS IT!

2018-10-26T15:15:30+02:00

Posing at a Sherman in Clervaux that stands as a reminder of the heavy fighting in the Luxembourg town on the road to Bastogne. “We’re surrounded and can’t get out,” Sergeant Donald Fink from his tank radioed to his commander in the American 9th Armored Division as the veteran German 2nd Panzer Division clinically took [...]

THIS IS IT!2018-10-26T15:15:30+02:00

June 2018

HOLLYWOOD STAR POWER

2018-06-29T10:26:39+02:00

That is the guys standing, of course: Matthew Leitch (Sgt. Floyd Talbert), Ross McCall (Joseph Liebgott), and James Madio (Sgt. Frank Perconte) from the iconic series Band of Brothers. I am perfectly happy sitting at their feet as the Easy Company Tour historian for The National World War II Museum in New Orleans and the [...]

HOLLYWOOD STAR POWER2018-06-29T10:26:39+02:00

April 2018

NEW WORLD WAR II MUSEUM

2018-04-03T15:04:04+02:00

Pleased to share that I have just been named historian and project manager for a brand-new museum to be built and developed in Leopoldsburg, Belgium. The planned museum – Liberation Garden – will tell the transnational story of the Allied liberation in the region, with a strong emphasis on Operation Market Garden’s ground offensive in [...]

NEW WORLD WAR II MUSEUM2018-04-03T15:04:04+02:00

January 2018

DAY OF THE DEAD

2019-01-28T23:48:03+02:00

José Mendoza López: born in Mexico, raised in Texas. In the Battle of the Bulge, he fought with the veteran 2nd Infantry Division. On 17 December 1944, waves of Waffen SS armor and men descended on his battalion’s positions in the Krinkelter Forest. When all seemed lost and a German breakthrough imminent, Sergeant López prayed [...]

DAY OF THE DEAD2019-01-28T23:48:03+02:00