Wed, September 11, 2013
The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe
The General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Memorial Lecture will be held at Bliss Hall on Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
Free Parking will be available at the USAHEC parking lot. A shuttle bus will transport lecture attendees to Bliss Hall at 10-15 minute intervals from 6:00PM to 7:00PM and from 8:15PM to 9:00PM.
September 11, 2013 (Wednesday)
The true nature of war is sometimes lost to the sands of time. Though the horrors of World War II were not so long ago, the reality of its cost in sweat and blood is gradually disappearing from the American consciousness. To bring the realities of the bloodiest war in history back into focus, Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson has finished the final book in his WWII Liberation Trilogy, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945. Rick Atkinson will give a lecture outlining the powerful narrative of Soldiers' stories throughout the war in Northern Europe, which ended the Nazi regime in Germany.
Following the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy, the Allied forces set their sights on the main source of trouble, Nazi-held Europe. On June 6, 1944, the Allied coalition assaulted fortress Europe with a bloody and costly invasion of Normandy, France. The Allies, led by the United States Army, took their first step towards ultimate victory, but many more battles such as Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge continued to claim lives and resources. In The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, Mr. Atkinson gives new life to the struggle of a generation by using the perspectives of all those involved, from veteran generals to inexperienced privates in the field, fundamentally explaining the true cost of Europe's liberation.
Rick Atkinson is a bestselling author of six works of narrative military history, including the Liberation Trilogy, The Long Grey Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. He received his B.A. in English from East Carolina University and went on to obtain an M.A. in English Language and Literature from University of Chicago. In addition to his books, he was also a reporter, foreign correspondent, war correspondent, and senior editor at The Washington Post for more than twenty years. Besides winning Pulitzer Prizes, he has also won the George Polk Award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.