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Adventures Online: A Look at WWII in London & Normandy

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.
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3 days
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Online Program

Adventures Online: A Look at WWII in London & Normandy

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.
Length
3 days
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349
Program No. 24305 RJ
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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. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. 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.
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Spencer Jones
Dr. Spencer Jones is a senior lecturer in armed forces and war studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He currently serves as regimental historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. His interest in history focuses on the British Army, the Boer War and the First World War. He is the author of several books, including “From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902-1914” and “Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dr. Spencer Jones is a senior lecturer in armed forces and war studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He currently serves as regimental historian of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. His interest in history focuses on the British Army, the Boer War and the First World War. He is the author of several books, including “From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902-1914” and “Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914.”
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Nettah Yoeli-Rimmer studied French and Spanish literature before going on to get a master’s in European culture at the University of Cambridge. He has traveled extensively and has many years of experience leading educational adventures in France, Spain and Italy. He has recently completed a PhD in 19th-century Spanish literature. In addition to his principal research, he regularly writes for a number of publications on urban history and architecture.
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Ruth graduated at the top of her class as the London Blue Badge Travel Educator of the Year and has been sharing her knowledge of England with curious travelers for three years. London born and bred, she is energetic and passionate about her city and country and sharing their stories. Ruth graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in International History with an emphasis on Military History. She previously worked in London politics for eleven years including in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
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Alice Trickey qualified as a Blue Badge Guide for London and offers expertise and in-depth knowledge of British history from the Romans to the 21st Century. Winner of the St Paul’s Cathedral Award, Alice brings expertise and infectious energy to all her programs, combining a love of storytelling with a keen eye for fascinating detail. A history graduate, Alice worked at some of Britain’s top heritage attractions including Shakespeare's Globe, Hampton Court Palace and the Museum of London before becoming a professional group leader. She lives in Kent with her fiancé and collection of cacti.
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Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
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London At War 1939-45
by Alan Jeffreys
The Americans at Normandy: The Summer of 1944
by John McManus
The Atlantic Wall: France
by Steven Zaloga
D-Day Through German Eyes: How the Wermacht Lost France
by Jonathan Trigg
The End: Germany 1944-45
by Ian Kershaw
The Paris Game: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris and the Gamble that Won France
by Ray Argyle
The Americans at D-Day: The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion
by John McManus
Citizens of London
by Lynne Olson
The Resistance. The French Fight Against the Nazis
by Matthew Cobb
Eleven Days in August. The Liberation of Paris in 1944
by Matthew Cobb
Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day
by Peter Caddick-Adams
Normandy: The Landings to the Liberation of Paris
by Olivier Wieviorka
Monty's Men: The British Army and the Liberation of Europe
by John Buckley
Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance
by Robert Gildea
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This program is a great preview for a regular trip to the beaches of Normandy. With the information given by the three instructors, you would be well prepared to truly understand what D-Day was all about.

(5)

It is an excellent program to learn about activities surrounding several days immediately before and after D-Day. Very well presented by all three instructors. July 2021

(5)

This program was so very interesting. I felt so much more connected to these events, rather than just viewing them as long-ago history. Presenters were wonderful.

(5)

I was shattered by the depth and illustrations presented. Remembered seeing a few of the pictures seventy years ago, but this brought them to greater life than the Newsreels had at the time. Recommend the preparation, presentation, and care that obviously went into this Road Scholar 'Trip'. One of the best I've taken.

(5)

I have a very limited knowledge of WWII. This program clearly presented D-Day and Normandy. The presenters were highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and great at answering questions. An A+ program

(5)

Excellent and engaging!

(5)

The program followed the planning and execution of D Day in great detail and just standing in a sense on the beach and just inland was ere.

(5)

The interactive online program on World War II and Normandy presented an amazing amount of historical information in an interesting, balanced manner that allowed participants to become acquainted with the principal military and civilian perspectives of both sides in the conflict.

(5)

Fascinating program with excellent presenters. Highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in WWII.

(5)

Excellent program! If you are interested in WW II, particularly D-Day, this is the program to attend. The instructors are experts in their fields and present their material effectively. There is ample time to ask questions of the instructors and share thoughts with fellow participants. I recommend signing up for any program that Dr. Spencer Jones gives.

(5)

Excellent, in-depth program of lectures, "on-site" visits and Q&A opportunities.

(5)

The program World War II and Normandy is an amazingly thorough look at the years of WW II leading up to the breathtaking invasion at Normandy, and the subsequent fighting that eventually ended with victory for the Allied nations in the European theatre. My husband and I strongly recommend watching the three days to learn the details of the planning and politics that took place among our great generals and their soldiers, sailors and airmen, and a clear look at the enemy’s positions in planning and strategy.

(5)

A great class with great instructors and host. Highly recommend.

(5)

A great opportunity for anyone with an interest in history to learn in depth about D-Day. The time flew by!

(5)

This was an amazing trip for me. While I've learned about WWII all my life, I've never put all the pieces together and this program did it for me!






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