Rare D-Day Maps Discovered

D-Day Maps

  As reported in The Telegraph article “Newly discovered D-Day maps reveal German defences on eve of assault,” a cache of rare maps the Allies used for the D-D-Day invasion have been discovered. An an unknown dealer bought them from a descendant of a senior military officer who was involved in Operation Overlord. The maps, … Read More


2017 D-Day Tour Dates Announced!

Guest and wife at Utah Beach

We have finalized our tour dates for our D-Day to the Rhine and Operation Overlord Tours for 2017. These tours are celebrations of “The Greatest Generation” and are absolutely bucket-list experiences for every WWII history buff. It is not too soon to book our D-Day tours as they fill up quickly. If you have any … Read More


5 Quotes from Stephen Ambrose’s D-Day Book

If you are joining us on one of our D-Day tours — D-Day to the Rhine or Operation Overlord — we highly recommend you read Stephen E. Ambrose’s seminal work, D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II. This book will give you a deeper understanding of the battles of Omaha and … Read More


D-Day Veteran Chief David Bald Eagle Dies at 97

We were saddened to hear that Native American Chief David Bald Eagle, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II and fought in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and the Battle of Anzio, died at the age of 97. (Photo: Tom Griffith/Rapid City Journal via AP) Chief Bald Eagle is probably more widely … Read More


Watch Our Inspiring New D-Day Tour Video!

d-day landing on higgins boat

We are excited to announce that our new D-Day Tour video has been posted on the D-Day to the Rhine and Operation Overlord Tour pages. Find out what our D-Day historians and guests have to say about what you can expect on our D-Day tours–the history, the D-Day sites, the scenery, the hotels, the food, and the … Read More


Meet our D-Day Tour Historians

Historian Marty Morgan with Guest Collecting Sand Omaha Beach

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours was founded by America’s premier historian, Stephen E. Ambrose. So, it is no surprise that we take our history very seriously. We have only the most qualified historians lead our D-Day tours. Our D-Day Tour and Operation Overlord Tour historians — Ron Drez, Mark Bielski, Erik Flint and Marty Morgan — … Read More


Tour de France Kicks Off in Normandy

Tour de France Mont St Michel

The 2016 Tour de France kicked off in Normandy on Saturday, July 2. Stage 1 started at Mont-Saint-Michel, a World Heritage Benedictine abbey perched on a rock off the coast, and ended at Utah Beach, one of the key landing sites for Allied troops on June 6, 1944. The first stage passed through Sainte-Mere-Eglise, where American … Read More


Video of Stephen Ambrose Reading D-Day Hero Thomas Meehan’s Letters

Lt Thomas Meehan

When you watch this video of Stephen Ambrose reading the letters that D-Day hero First Lieutenant Thomas Meehan III wrote to his wife be sure to have your hanky handy. Lt. Meehan was a commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army … Read More


Preparations for Operation Overlord – Part III

D-Day planes over Normandy

By Mark F. Bielski, Ph.D. In Part I of our series on Operation Overlord, the code name for the planning and launch of the D-Day invasion during WWII, we reviewed the initial preparations for the operation, which commenced on 6 June, 1944 with the Normandy landings. In Part II, we covered the deception plan, Operation … Read More


Operation Fortitude

Operation Fortitude map

By Mark Bielski, PhD In Preparing for Operation Overlord we discussed the lecture Stephen Ambrose gave at the University of New Orleans that dealt with the preparation the Allies made for Operation Overlord and the selection of General Dwight D. Eisenhower as Supreme Allied Commander. In Part II we discuss Operation Fortitude, the grand plan … Read More