Course detail: OSH215 - World War II: the European Theater
History's most destructive war began on September 1, 1939 in Europe, and eventually spread across the world. We'll review the events leading up to the war, the German advances of 1939-1941 and America's subsequent entry into conflict. Then, we'll focus on the titanic struggle in Russia, and the campaigns in North Africa and Sicily. The final class will examine the Allies' return to Europe with the D-Day landings, the 1943-1945 Russian counteroffensives, the liberation of Western Europe, and the fall of the Third Reich.
INSTRUCTOR BIO: Robert Smith, PhD, is the Director of the Fort Riley Museum. He has a doctorate in history from KSU, and has published numerous articles on military history.