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Allied Strategy and Operation Overlord: The Great WWII Crusade

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0335
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U.S. troops advance over the seawall at Utah Beach, 1944

Most Americans know the basic outlines of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, the greatest and most complex amphibious invasion in human history. After four and a half years of war, 160,000 British, Canadian, and American soldiers landed in occupied France under the command of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Not as well known, however, is the Allied strategy and planning that led to Operation Overlord.

Kevin Weddle, a professor of military theory and strategy at the U.S. Army War College traces the development and deployment of the Allied military strategy for Europe—and the cross-channel invasion known as Operation Overlord. He describes how the bitter disagreements and reluctant compromises between U.S. and British senior military and political leaders put to the test the “special relationship” between the two allies—and how those leaders and their forces came together to fight in the greatest military operation in history.

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