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Adventures Online: A Look at WWII in London & Normandy

Program No. 24305RJ
Join historians for a deeper dive into the events leading up until D-Day and the invasion of Normandy during this online learning adventure, live from London and Paris.
3 days
Rating (4.95)
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At a Glance

On June 6, 1944, the events of D-Day changed the course of World War II. With historians, delve into the events prior to the Battle of Normandy during this online learning adventure, live from London and Paris! Take a virtual walk along the streets of Westminster with historian Ruth Polling to learn about the impact of WWII on the city as you stop at notable landmarks like Buckingham Palace, the Churchill War Rooms and Parliament Square. Attend lectures by Dr. Spencer Jones on the history of WWII and get insight into the Allied strategies for D-Day and how the German forces planned to resist. Examine the geography of the Normandy Beaches during a virtual field trip with Nettah Yoeli-Rimmer as he offers a look into the challenges and successes of Operation Overlord. Get to know your fellow Road Scholars along the way as you share your interest in the events of WWII and join your experts for an afternoon Q&A session that allows you to further study the history of D-Day.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Join historian Ruth Polling for a virtual field trip through the streets of Westminster to learn about the impact of WWII on the city of London.
  • Get a first-hand look at the geography of the Normandy beaches and countryside during a virtual field trip with expert Nettah Yoeli-Rimmer that offers insight into the events and strategies behind D-Day.
  • Attend online lectures by Dr. Spencer Jones on the Allied plans for D-Day and how the Germans planned to resist.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. In keeping with our Traditional On-Site programs, ALL ADVENTURES ONLINE MULTI-DAY PROGRAMS (INCLUDING THIS PROGRAM) ARE PRESENTED LIVE; THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOT RECORDED. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Eleven Days in August. The Liberation of Paris in 1944
by Matthew Cobb
The Atlantic Wall: France
by Steven Zaloga
Monty's Men: The British Army and the Liberation of Europe
by John Buckley
D-Day Through German Eyes: How the Wermacht Lost France
by Jonathan Trigg
The End: Germany 1944-45
by Ian Kershaw
Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day
by Peter Caddick-Adams
The Resistance. The French Fight Against the Nazis
by Matthew Cobb
The Americans at D-Day: The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion
by John McManus
Citizens of London
by Lynne Olson
Normandy: The Landings to the Liberation of Paris
by Olivier Wieviorka
The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and Von Choltitz Saved the City of Light
by Jean Edward Smith
The Americans at Normandy: The Summer of 1944
by John McManus
Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
by James Holland
Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance
by Robert Gildea
The Paris Game: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris and the Gamble that Won France
by Ray Argyle
London At War 1939-45
by Alan Jeffreys

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If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.