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World War II in Europe and the Atlantic

Part I – Blitzkrieg:

Battles of Poland and France, 1939-40

This lecture covers the outbreak and first few months of World War 11 in Europe, as German forces rolled over Poland. After a winter in which the major action occurred at sea rather than on the Western Front with France, German forces attacked the Low Countries of Belgium and the Netherlands. In just one month, they defeated both France and Great Britain in the Battle of France in what came to be known as a blitzkrieg.

Dr. Stanley Carpenter has taught courses in Air and Land Warfare, Military History, American Revolution, and European History at an array of colleges and universities, including Salve Regina, Hawaii Pacific University, Norwich University, and the U.S. Naval War College, where he has served as Professor of Strategy and Policy and directed the Homeland Security and Homeland Defense elective program. A published author, his works include a study of military leadership in the British Civil Wars and action-adventure historical novels centered on a Royal Naval intelligence officer. Dr. Carpenter served as a U.S. Naval officer from 1979-2009, retiring with the rank of Captain.

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February 24
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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