Today’s session will start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and end at 4:50 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, Zoom meeting protocols, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions. 1:15 p.m. Lecture. Dr. Spencer Jones will give us a presentation on Allied Planning for D-Day. From the summer of 1940 onwards, Allied planners pondered how they might one day liberate Europe from the Nazis. Numerous options were considered and rejected, exposing a rift between American aggression and British caution. We will learn about this difficult planning process and examine why the Allies eventually agreed on the Normandy landings. The lecture will be followed by Q&A. 2:45 p.m. Break. 3:00 p.m. Introductions. We’ll say hello to one another during group introductions facilitated by our Group Leader. 3:15 p.m. Virtual field trip. Historian Ruth Polling will lead us virtually through the streets of Westminster to explore the impact of the war on the city by the time of the D-Day landings and the new bombing campaign unleashed against London in 1944. In Britain’s center of monarchy and political power, we will learn about the role of the royal family, where key decisions were made, and the experiences ordinary Londoners had lived through since the outbreak of war. Among the highlights we will see are Buckingham Palace; Guards’ Chapel; Queen Anne’s Gate; Churchill War Rooms; Horse Guards Parade; the Women at War Memorial; Parliament Square; the Palace of Westminster; and Westminster Abbey. We’ll also have Q&A. 4:45 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow. 4:50 p.m. Today’s session will end.