October 16, 2019
Classes will begin October 2 and meet six consecutive Wednesdays through November 6, 2019.
Historical Society of Montgomery County
Norristown, PA 19401
$80.00 Society Members/$100 Nonmembers
World War II in Europe: The Second Front
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
On the night of June 5 the Allied invasion of France began when more than 17,000 Allied airborne troops parachuted behind German lines in Normandy officially opening a bid to establish a second front in Europe during World War II. Before the day ended over 156,000 Allied soldiers came ashore along a fifty mile stretch of beaches on the Norman coast. This was only the beginning of what would be eleven months of hard fighting that on May 7, 1945, caused Germany’s surrender and ended World War II in Europe.
Taught by historian Michael Snyder using lecture supplemented by power point and handouts, this course will cover Overlord (the planning and execution of D-Day), fighting in hedge rows of Normandy and the breakout, the Falaise Pocket and the pursuit to West Wall, Operation Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, crossing the Rhine, and German surrender. The emphasis will be on the military and political operations but will also look at life on the home front in the Schuylkill Valley.