Monday, June 2, 6:30 pm at the Main Library
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France with the intent to take control of the heavily fortified Nazi coastline and strike a crushing blow to Hitler’s military efforts. On that fateful day, close to 160,000 Allied forces, led by Dwight D. Eisenhower, began what would be the end of World War II.
Join us as we welcome IUSB Professor Tom Murphy for a discussion of that pivotal day in American history. Learn about the political/strategic reasons for the invasion, the invasion itself and the German defense, and see battlefield sites as they are today.
Tom Murphy, professor of history at Indiana University South Bend, teaches courses in United States history which include the American Civil War and World War II. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the American West, the U.S. military, and the junction between memory and history.