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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.

2019-04-30T13:54:31+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 AUTHOR.2019-04-30T13:54:31+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

December 2017

ANOTHER BULGE CHAPTER

2017-12-04T10:29:11+02:00

Posing at a Sherman tank in La Roche-en-Ardenne last week. The Belgian town paid a heavy price for its strategic location on the Ourthe River in the Battle of the Bulge. In my book THE UNKNOWN DEAD, I write: “By the time the guns fell silent, La Roche was such a heap of rubble that [...]

ANOTHER BULGE CHAPTER2017-12-04T10:29:11+02:00

October 2017

STANDING TALL

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

Although I gave my book on the only American World War II cemetery in The Netherlands ‘The Margraten Boys’ as title, I do mention that four of the more than eight thousand Americans buried in Margraten are women. Lieutenant Wilma Vinsant is one of them. All her life she was known as Dolly, apparently because [...]

STANDING TALL2019-01-28T23:48:03+02:00

September 2017

SELFIE WITH HEROINE

2017-09-20T10:36:07+02:00

I have in recent weeks been taking quite a few small and large groups from all over the world on my author tours to Bastogne and America’s World War II cemeteries. Here I am taking some time out to pose for a selfie at Augusta Chiwy’s final resting place in the Bastogne cemetery, just opposite [...]

SELFIE WITH HEROINE2017-09-20T10:36:07+02:00