D-Day program June 7 at Delaware Public Archives

To commemorate 70th anniversary of invasion of Normandy
May 29, 2014

The D-Day invasion of Normandy is remembered as an American triumph and the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. The Delaware Public Archives will commemorate the 70th anniversary of this pivotal day in American and world history with a special program about the battle at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 7.

Presented by Delaware State University professor and military historian Dr. Steve Newton, this program will include elements of the battle often left out of the narrative. Newton will discuss the high level of risk and uncertainty faced by American officers and the sacrifices made by the troops on the blood-soaked beaches who had to sometimes redeem the miscalculations of their superiors with their own raw courage. What was it like, on June 6, 1944, to ride the first troop transports onto the beaches, to land by parachute in the French countryside, or to have to wait in England to find out if the mission had succeeded or failed? Find out June 7.

Newton is the author of nine books and an associate editor of North & South magazine. He has been a professor of history and political science at Delaware State University since 1990. Currently, he serves as the acting chairman of the History, Political Science, and Philosophy Department at the university.

The program is free to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers 302-744-5047 or email

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The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. On the second Saturday of every month the research room is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.