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Guest Speaker Event - Dr John McManus PhD

John Mc Manus


An exclusive event with leading author and historian Dr John McManus.

This June marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944.

But this was a global conflict and during the first two weeks of June and beyond, major operations were happening in all theatres around the world and only one country was capable of operating on a truly global scale, the United States of America.

Our guest speaker Dr John McManus will take us across the globe from the beaches of Normandy, to Saipan in the Pacific and show us what the USA was capable of in the most momentous month of the Second World War.

John and his wife Nancy McManus will be in Europe as part of a tour conducted by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and they have kindly agreed to extend their stay to visit us.

This will be a unique opportunity to hear one of the leading US Military Historians.


12:00 Arrival

12:45 Luncheon Served

13:45 Talk from Dr John McManus

£35.00 per person for 2 course luncheon with Tea & Coffee

Dress Code: Jacket & Tie

'By Ticket Only'

Other Information

John C. McManus, PhD, is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of US military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).

As one of the nation’s leading military historians, and the author of 14 well-received books on the topic, he is in frequent demand as a speaker and expert commentator. In addition to dozens of local and national radio programs, he has appeared on CNN.com, Fox News, C-Span, the Military Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, Netflix, the Smithsonian Network, the History Channel, and PBS, among others.

He also served as historical advisor for the bestselling book and documentary Salinger, the latter of which appeared nationwide in theatres and on PBS’s American Masters series.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, he was in residence at the US Naval Academy as the Leo A. Shifrin Chair of Naval and Military History, a distinguished visiting professorship.

His current project is a major three-volume history of the US Army in the Pacific/Asia theatre during World War II. The first volume, Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943, received the Gilder-Lehrman Prize for Military History.

He is the host of two podcasts, Someone Talked!, in tandem with the National D-Day Memorial, and We Have Ways of Making You Talk in the USA alongside Al Murray and James Holland.

Dr McManus' visit is supported by the Northern Ireland War Memorial: www.niwarmemorial.org