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The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

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In Command of Overlord: Strategic and Operational Leadership in the Great Invasion

06/03/2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Rob Havers, PhD, President & CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, and our very own Rob Citino, PhD, as they discuss the D-Day landing and Normandy campaign through the modern military lenses lenses of strategy—identifying long-term goals and providing the resources to meet them—and operations—plans to dominate the battlefield, foil the enemy, and win at the lowest cost.

D-Day Live Lesson

06/04/2020 | 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Students and families—as we near the 76th anniversary of D-Day, join Michael Arvites and Laura Romero-Ballesteros, both Master Teachers and alumni of the Museum’s Summer Teacher Institute, for a live interactive webinar on Operation Overlord, in which you will analyze the strategic decisions of military planners and how the Allies pulled off the greatest amphibious invasion in history.


"To The Best of My Ability"

Episode 2 – Death Stand

The war in Europe was over, but fighting raged in the Pacific. “We are only half-through,” Truman declares to the American people. He was right. The Battle of Okinawa (April 1 -- June 22, 1945) was one of the hardest-fought in the history of the US military. Okinawa is a mass of mountains, jungle, and mud, and the battle generated monstrous casualties on both sides: 93,000 Japanese, 12,000 US, and 140,000 Okinawan civilians. Just days into his presidency, Commander-in-Chief Truman was presiding over a bloodbath.

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