Annual Minnesota Civil War Symposium
The annual Minnesota Civil War Symposium is sponsored by the Twin Cities, Rochester, Cannon Valley, St. Croix Valley, Central Minnesota, and Hiawatha Valley Civil War Roundtables in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Civil War Commemorative Task Force.
Check back soon for information about the 2015 Symposium.
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World War II Round Table
The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch WWII History Round Table meets monthly from Sept.-May at the Fort Snelling History Center. Authors, noted historians, and WWII veterans come together to discuss the history of the conflict and share the stories of those who lived through it. The Roundtable also organizes Spring trips to tour historic sites and battlefields of the European theater.
Programs start at 7 pm.
$5.00 admission is requested to help defray costs. Students are FREE.
2014-2015 schedule of programs include:
- Sept. 11 - D-Day for the Allies: Gold, Juno, Sword Beach Landings. John Nelson Rickard, author of Advance and Destroy, and combat veterans of the D-Day landings will discuss the British and Canadian landings at Normandy.
- Oct. 2 - Glider Operations in WWII. In conjunction with the veterans' reunion, Guy Lofaro, author of The Sword of St. Michael, and combat veterans of gliders and transport planes, will discuss the dangerous tactics of using gliders to support combat and logistical operations.
- Oct. 23 - Building the Death Railroad: Bridge on the River Kwai. Kelly Crager, author of Hell Under the Rising Sun, and combat veterans who were POWs of the Japanese, will discuss their capture, treatment, and efforts to survive.
- Nov. 13 - The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch Lecture: The Office of Strategic Services. Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan, presents a profile of Donovan and a review of some notable operations of the OSS.
- Dec. 11 - Christmas at Bastogne: The German Offensive on Christmas '44. Leo Barron and Don Cygan, authors of No Silent Night, and combat veterans of Bastogne will explore a much-overlooked battle that was a turning point in the Battle of the Bulge.
- Dec. 12 - Patton at the Battle of the Bulge. Leo Barron will discuss the seemingly impossible ninety degree turning movement of the Third Army to attack the Southern Flank of the German attack in the relief of Bastogne.
- Jan. 8 - The Myth of the German Offensive: Success That Led to Failure. John Mosier, author of The Blitzkrieg Myth, and combat veterans of the Eastern European Front will show the flaws in the German offensive tactics that eventually failed.
- Feb. 12 - Italian Struggle: Not the Soft Underbelly. Tim Brady, author of A Death in San Pietro, and combat veterans of the Italian Campaign will discuss the brutal fighting of the US operations moving from Salerno toward Rome.
- March 12 - The Logistics of War: Beans and Bullets to the Soldiers. Dr. Jerry Brown, Professor of History at US Army CGSC, and combat veterans of Supply Operations will show the importance of logistical operations in winning wars.
- March 26 - Return to the Philippines: The Road to Japan. Dr. Nathan Prefer, author of Leyte, and combat veterans of the Leyte Campaign will discuss the command controversy and tactical operations of General MacArthur's return.
- April 9 - Air War in the Mediterranean: British and American Operations. Col. Robert Ehlers, author of the upcoming book The Mediterranean Air War, along with combat veterans of air units in the southern theater, will show the importance of the Southern Front of operations.
- May 14 - Retrospective Look at Goals of 8 World War II Leaders. Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, author of A World at Arms and Visions of Victory, will review the territorial and other aims of eight World War II leaders, in recognition of the 70th anniversarry of V-E Day.
2015 Battlefield Tour: Italy (May 19-June 3)
Rome, Salerno, Pompeii, Amalfi, San Pietro, Monte Cassino, Anzio, Florence and Tuscany.
For more information visit the Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table website or call 612-867-5144
The Dr. Harold C. Deutsch WW2 History Round Table
c/o Colonel Don Patton (Retired - U.S. Army)
7220 Fleetwood Drive
Edina, MN 55439