17th International Conference on World War II

November 21–23, 2024

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The International Conference on World War II is the premier adult educational event bringing together the best and brightest scholars, authors, historians, and witnesses to history from around the globe to discuss key battles, personalities, strategies, issues, and controversies of the war that changed the world. Joining the featured speakers are hundreds of attendees who travel from all over the world to learn and connect with each other through engaging discussions, question-and-answer periods, book signings, and receptions throughout the weekend.



Operation Wacht am Rhein

Allied Intelligence: Failures and Successes

The 82nd Airborne on the Northern Shoulder

Peripheral Operations: Bodenplatte and Nordwind

Monty, the Americans, and Counterattack in the North


"Death Before Dishonor" - Kamikaze Attacks and Fighting to the Last Man

"Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II"

Operation Varsity: American, British, and German Perspectives

Soldiers Become Governors: From Fighting Force to Occupation Force

Shattering the Peace: Civil Wars Erupt



The Battle of the Bulge Revisited: 80 Years On

Thursday, November 21, 2024

Opening Keynote: “The Battle of the Bulge”

  • Peter Caddick-Adams

Intelligence in the Ardennes

  • Gregory Fontenot in conversation with John McManus

Air War over the Ardennes

  • Conrad Crane
  • John Curatola

Counterattack in the North: Monty and Simpson

  • Alexandra Richie
  • Mark Calhoun

 2024 Conference

Thursday, November 21, 2024

Conference Opening Reception

  • Welcome Remarks
    • Stephen J. Watson
    • Allan Millett
  • Opening Keynote: “The Agony of Victory: The Final, Costly Year of World War II”
    • Rob Citino
Friday, November 22, 2024

Strangling the Home Islands

  • Jonathan Parshall
  • John Kuehn
  • James Scott

Civilians in the Crossfire

  • Steph Hinnershitz
  • Peter Schrijvers
  • Robert Matzen

Operation Varsity: The Jump Across the Rhine

  • Rob Citino
  • James Fenelon
  • Saul David

Preparing for the Final Battle

  • Nick Mueller
  • D.M. Giangreco

Who Will Write Our History?: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto

  • Samuel Kassow in conversation with Jennifer Putnam

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II Panel Discussion on the Museum’s Newly Redeveloped Traveling Special Exhibition

  • John Morrow
  • Cory Graff
  • Krewalsky Salter

Museum Open House and Reception

Saturday, November 23, 2024

The Divine Wind: A Roundtable Discussion

  • John Curatola
  • Mark Stille
  • Jonathan Parshall

Return to the Philippines

  • James Scott
  • Marie Vallejo

Just Beneath the Soil: WWII Historic Sites

  • Clint Smith in conversation with Nick Mueller

The Uncertainty of Surrender: POWs in Captivity

  • Guenter Bischof
  • Donald Miller

From World War to Civil War

  • Jelena Batinic in conversation with Rana Mitter

The Collapse of the Reich

  • Prit Buttar in conversation with Alexandra Richie
Closing Banquet and Presentation

The Shultz Forum on World Affairs: “Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from WWII to Ukraine”

  • Conrad Crane
  • Gen. David Petraeus