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Intro - Ken Introduces his expertise on his new book The European Theater Anthology of World War II
Intro - Ken Introduces his expertise on his new book The European Theater Anthology of World War II
Each year the National Park Service observes the military aspects and triumphs of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and related historical subjects of World War II at his home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 2010, with the publication of his first book, Why Normandy Was Won: Operation Bagration and the...
Ken's Introduction to His Anthology Book and its connection with his Normandy Book
Ken's Introduction to His Anthology Book and its connection with his Normandy Book
Ken introduces his Anthology book and describes the genesis of its creation, research and relationship with his Normandy book. Ken spends some time discussing the organization of the book, especially with his use of an anthology approach to the disparate subject matter.
2nd Segment - Intro & Plans for Book Discussion
2nd Segment - Intro & Plans for Book Discussion
The second segment is an introduction of the talk and how Ken plans to select readings from Anthology and accept questions of the selected reading after each topic. This first reading is entitled "Hitler the Tax Cheat." This reading is based on Hitler's failure to pay income taxes on the sale of ...
3rd Segment - The Western Allied Language Advantage and the German Language Disadvantage
3rd Segment - The Western Allied Language Advantage and the German Language Disadvantage
The third segment discusses "The Western Allied Language Advantage and the German Language Disadvantage". During the war the Western Allies enjoyed the communications advantage of dealing with far fewer languages than their German enemy. The example Ken gives is of the two major Allied Western mem...
4th Segment - German rationale for success in invading Soviet Russia
4th Segment - German rationale for success in invading Soviet Russia
In segment four, Ken spends a significant amount of time laying the basis of the German rationale for success in invading Soviet Russia. The vast size of the Soviet Union, some eleven time zones, is compared with Germany's one and the United States' four is used as comparisons of the scope of the i...
5th Segment - Premature intro of German panzer or tank, the Panzerkampfwagen or PzKw
5th Segment - Premature intro of German panzer or tank, the Panzerkampfwagen or PzKw "Panther"
In segment five, Ken describes the premature introduction of the German panzer or tank, the Panzerkampfwagen or PzKw "Panther". He discusses at length the causes of the difficulties the panzer encountered from its rushed design, manufacture, testing, training and early combat experiences. He also ...
6th Segment -  Failure of German Luftwaffe/air force to develop long range strategic aircraft
6th Segment - Failure of German Luftwaffe/air force to develop long range strategic aircraft
In segment six, Ken describes at length the failure of the German Luftwaffe or air force to develop a long range strategic aircraft and the consequences of the German "short war" plans of the late 1930's. He describes the decision making process of Germany's anticipated enemies all being within the...
7th Segment - Western Allies Frustrations dealing with Lend-Lease reps of Soviet government
7th Segment - Western Allies Frustrations dealing with Lend-Lease reps of Soviet government
In segment seven, Ken describes the difficulties and frustrations the Western Allies had in dealing and negotiating with the Lend-Lease representatives of the Soviet government in the 1941 to 1945 period. The American or western values, attitudes and negotiating style did not resonate with their St...
8th Segment - Detailed Description of Allied Lend-Lease Food Program
8th Segment - Detailed Description of Allied Lend-Lease Food Program
In segment eight, the vast Allied Lend-Lease food program is described in detail. Although food was only one component of the Program it was one of the most vital of the supply and support effort, which also included, clothing, electronics, transportation (vehicles and railroad), medicine and raw a...
9th Segment - Four-Color Poster of Rosie the Riveter WWII
9th Segment - Four-Color Poster of Rosie the Riveter WWII
In segment nine, one of the most popular and iconic images to come out of World War II from the American home front was the four-color poster of Rosie the Riveter. Although the now famous image of the blue jump-suited woman with the red bandana showing her muscled arm is quite popular, nowhere on t...
10th Segment -  Bizarre Proposals to originate from WWII
10th Segment - Bizarre Proposals to originate from WWII
In segment ten, Ken describes one of the more bizarre proposals to originate from World War II, the ice ship. In the first years of the war, 1939 -- 1942 the prime components of industrial warfare were in short supply, especially the most strategic of all materials: steel. Required in vast quanti...
Q&A - The European Theater Anthology of World War II
Q&A - The European Theater Anthology of World War II
In the last segment, segment eleven, is the question and answer period of the book talk. It is one of the longer segments but is filled with thought provoking questions from the audience in which the author repeats the questions and provides detailed and occasionally surprising answers.
1st Segment - Introduction to Why Normandy Was Won: Operation Bagration Book
1st Segment - Introduction to Why Normandy Was Won: Operation Bagration Book
Each year the National Park Service observes the military aspects and triumphs of General Dwight D. Eisenhower and related historical subjects of World War II at his home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In 2010, with the publication of his first book, Ken, a volunteer at the Site, was invited to speak...
2nd Segment - 4 Years of the War in Eastern Europe with the German Invasion of Poland
2nd Segment - 4 Years of the War in Eastern Europe with the German Invasion of Poland
In this second segment of Ken's book lecture he begins a description of the four years of the war in eastern Europe with the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, the defeat and division of Poland between Germany and Soviet Russia and the new borders of eastern Germany and western Soviet Ru...
3rd Segment - Ken Describes 1st Year of the German (June 22, 1941) invasion of Soviet Russia
3rd Segment - Ken Describes 1st Year of the German (June 22, 1941) invasion of Soviet Russia
In the third segment of Ken Weiler's discussion of his book, he describes the first year of the German 22 June 1941 invasion of Soviet Russia. He describes the German Blitzkrieg advances into Belorussia, Ukraine and the occupied Baltic States and the immense quantities of captured Red Army soldiers...
4th Segment - Unanticipated Second Year of the German Campaign in Soviet Russia
4th Segment - Unanticipated Second Year of the German Campaign in Soviet Russia
Segment four recounts the unanticipated second year of the German campaign in Soviet Russia. Entitled in his book as Chapter VIII the Quest for Oil: The 1942 Campaign, the war in Russia changes from one of military conquest to one of economic imperative. The short war in the East has now become an...
5th Segment - Ken Recounts The Year Of Decision: 1944
5th Segment - Ken Recounts The Year Of Decision: 1944
In the fifth segment Ken recounts the year of decision: 1944. This will be the year the western Allies launch the long awaited 'second front' with a landing in north-western Europe at Normandy region of France. Ken describes in detail the plans for Operation Overlord with special attention given t...
6th Segment - The core of Why Normandy Was Won:  Operation Bagration and the War in the East
6th Segment - The core of Why Normandy Was Won: Operation Bagration and the War in the East
The sixth segment is the core segment of Why Normandy Was Won: Operation Bagration and the War in the East 1941 -- 1945. The final planning component of Operation Overlord was to be the Soviet contribution to insuring the Allied success in the Overlord landings. Operation Bagration was to be the ...
Q&A Segment - Why Normandy Was Won:  Operation Bagration and the War in the East
Q&A Segment - Why Normandy Was Won: Operation Bagration and the War in the East
Segment seven is the question and answer portion of Ken's discussion of his book. There were several questions on a variety of topics from members in the audience in which he repeats the questions and provide answers to them.

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