A World War II veteran and a University of Southern Mississippi
history professor will discuss what was considered the key to victory
for the Allies in Europe--the D-Day invasion at Normandy--during
a presentation Saturday at the university. The program will mark
the 60th anniversary of the invasion.
Gen. Elmo Bell,
whose paratrooper unit landed ahead of the actual invasion to secure
bridges and roadways necessary for the success of the D-Day operation,
and Dr. Andrew Wiest, an expert on military history, will present
during a lecture Saturday, June 5 in Room 101 of the Liberal Arts
Building from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.
presentation) will be the general story of the landings, from their
inception to their planning, through their prosecution and through
the Normandy campaign that ended with the closure of the Falaise
Pocket -- achieving one of the greatest victories of the war,"
Wiest said. "Anyone who wants to come and hear the story of
Normandy and of the exploits of the 'Greatest Generation' will be
Bell and Wiest
will lead a group of students and area residents traveling to Normandy
in July to see the actual site of the invasion, where they will
hear a firsthand account from Bell of events surrounding D-Day.
The trip to
Normandy is one of several offered through Southern Miss' popular
British Studies Program, which gives students a chance to earn academic
credit while enriching their studies through international travel.
The Southern Miss Center for International and Continuing Education
oversees the British Studies Program.
will also help prepare those who will be joining us on the trip
for their impending visit," Wiest said.
Bell, a Hattiesburg
resident and a native of Wiggins, was a member of the 82nd Airborne.
His unit was involved in some of the key Allied military operations
in Europe during WWII, including the invasion of Sicily in 1943.
if we can learn more about war, we can learn better how to avoid
it," Bell said in an earlier interview.
For more information
on this program, contact Wiest at (601) 266-5076.