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D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy: 80 Years Later

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

featuring Gerhard L. Weinberg, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of History, Emeritus

The United States joined the war against Nazi Germany in late 1941, but the complexities of an invasion into western Europe caused long delays before Allied forces could launch a military campaign in France. Critics agitated for an all important “Western front” to force the diversion of German armies from Eastern Europe and end the Nazi occupation of France. In this seminar to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, Gerhard Weinberg will analyze how Allied conflicts influenced the planning for a cross-channel military operation and various strategies to destroy Nazi power across Europe. Professor Weinberg will examine the  ways in which events of that pivotal era shaped both the final phases of World War II and a historical legacy that continues into our own time.


Struggles Over a Western Front, 1939–1944
Military Realities in and after June 1944


Gerhard L. Weinberg is William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus. He is an internationally known expert on all aspects of the Second World War and the author of the award-winning masterwork A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II.





DATE & TIME:  Saturday, June 8, 2024 | 9:00am-12:00pm

COST: The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $30 for virtual viewing. Light refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: Kenan Conference Center

*In-Person Registration for this event closes on June 7 at 3pm**

 Register online or by calling 919-962-1544.


UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for multiple-seminar or first-time purchases, members of Carolina Alumni, UNC faculty, & staff. For more information about discounts and registration policies, visit our General Information page, here

Teachers may attend one in-person Weekend Seminar for free tuition (optional meals not included) per semester, and any additional in-person seminars for a 50% tuition discount. To apply for free in-person tuition, email Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here. Teachers receive .3 CEUs post-attendance.

Participants will receive an email with venue and background information about 1 week before the program.


June 8
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Kenan Conference Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Kenan Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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