NEWPORT, R.I. – U.S. Naval War College (NWC) Professor Stanley Carpenter
will present a summary of key battles of World War II in a five-part series at the Warwick Public Library
, beginning October 25, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.
Planned for a general audience not well-versed in the history of the war, the series will begin with the German invasions of Poland and France, and proceed chronologically. The series will consist of four lectures just over an hour long, and one film, running on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
The 1943 U.S. Government-produced documentary “Prelude to War” was a production that laid out the rationale for American entry into the war and used as a morale booster for recruits awaiting deployment.
The Battle of Britain will be covered, and then the German invasion of Russia and the series will conclude with the fall of Berlin.
“Americans often forget the events that shaped the modern world, and these lectures are reminders,” said Carpenter, who has presented lectures on the American Revolution and World War II in other settings in previous years.
Dr. Carpenter is the deputy division head for the Strategy and Policy Division for NWC’s College of Distance Education. He is also the Homeland Security/Homeland Defense Area of Study Coordinator and NWC Command Historian. He earned a Ph.D. in British Military History from Florida State University.