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History round table schedule is announced

The 2007-08 calendar of events for the Dr. Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table has been announced.

All programs are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted, and take place at the Fort Snelling History Center, 2nd Tower Ave., St. Paul MN.

Jan. 10, 2008 — Kursk: The Largest Tank Battle on the Eastern Front. Dennis Showalter, author of "Patton and Rommel," and veterans of the Russian Army will present the tactical conduct of the battle and the strategic significance of the loss that crippled Nazi hopes in the East.

Jan. 24 — The Greatest Generation in Normandy. Dominique Francois, a French historian and resident of Normandy, is the author of several books on the Normandy campaign. Francois will speak on the special relationship that has developed between the people of Normandy and their American liberators.

Feb. 14 — The Norwegian Resistance Movement in WWII. Chris Skejervold, an author who has been knighted by the King of Norway, and members of the Norwegian Resistance Movement will discuss the invasion of Norway and the involvement of Quisling in cooperating with the Nazi takeover.

March 13 — The China-Burma-India Theater: A Forgotten War. Al Lathrop will present the information for his upcoming book on the CBI Theater. Veterans of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) fighting elements will be involved in the presentation.

April 10 — Fortifications of the Third Reich. Joe and Wanda Kaufmann are the authors of five books on fortifications, and acknowledged experts on the subject. The presentation will include ample photos, and veterans will talk about their experiences with Nazi defenses.

May 8 — Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory. Dr. Adrian R. Lewis, author of the book by the same name, as well as "The New American Way of War," and numerous other military history publications, will be joined by Army Infantry, Airborne, Rangers, Navy, and Air Force veterans from the campaign in Normandy.

The Round Table's mission recognizes the importance of promoting the study of and preservation of the factual history of World War II.

They seek to do this via lectures by knowledgeable historians and by oral history of those individuals who lived through this history.

These presentations are preserved on videotape for the use of participants, students, and others who are interested in the study of World War II history.

Veterans interested in participating in the round tables, should call 952-941-5700.

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