Travel from London across battlefields of Europe to Austria
On June 6, 1944, the course of World War II changed when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. The five beaches — Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha — were the doorway to Normandy and victory. About 156,000 British, Canadian and American troops landed on this 50-mile stretch of beach. Some beaches led to high cliffs that had to be scaled, and there was resistance at all locations. However, the greatest resistance came at Omaha Beach where over 2,000 American soldiers perished.
Paratroopers jumped from aircraft into lands unknown to meet unknown resistance. Soldiers arrived in gliders that broke apart as they bounced over rugged terrain when landing. When all was tallied, over 4,000 Allied soldiers lost their lives on D-Day. Thousands more were wounded or listed as missing in action. Over the next several days more than 326,000 troops, 50,000 vehicles and about 100,000 tons of equipment had landed at Normandy.
With all the casualties of D-Day, the success of D-Day pierced the heart of Nazi Germany’s campaign in France. Hitler was stopped in his tracks, and Paris was liberated less than two months later. On May 8, 1945, the Allies accepted Germany’s unconditional surrender.
• 14 Days (Including Travel)
• Visit Numerous Cities & Villages
• Have Dozens of Experiences
• Gain a Greater Insight and Understanding of World War II Events and History
• Create a Lifetime of Memories
• $5,676 Round Trip from Little Rock (LIT)
(per person based on double occupancy) — (Rate is $5,926.00 when deposit is received after December 31, 2019.)
• Land only rate is $4,445 per person based on double occupancy — (Rate is $4,695.00 when deposit is received after December 31, 2019.)
Jared Dockery was born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After receiving his B.A. degree at Harding University with a major in history and a minor in Bible, he went on to complete both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Arkansas in history. His doctoral dissertation was “‘Quick On His Feet And Even Quicker In His Brain’: The War Years of Lightning Joe Collins.” His dissertation was included in the U.S. Army War College Library’s “American Military History: A Selected Bibliography” of April 2013. He has spoken at a number of conferences including Society for Military History, Missouri Valley History Conference and Northern Great Plains History Conference.
Dockery is a life-long Atlanta Braves fan, and while pursuing his advanced degrees at the University of Arkansas, he was an award-winning sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Times in Fayetteville.
Dockery served as both a Graduate Assistant and Adjunct at the University of Arkansas and as an Adjunct at Northwest Arkansas Community College before joining the Harding University faculty in 2008. He is Associate Professor of History at Harding where he teaches American History, Military History and Arkansas History. In 2016 Dockery received the Harding University Teacher Achievement Award. He has traveled extensively visiting historic sites in both the United States and abroad. He even managed to visit several World War II sites in Europe on his honeymoon!
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