The U.S. Army and World War II’s Pacific Theater with John McManus | BRI Scholar Talks
What was the contribution of the U.S. Army to the American victory against Japan in the Pacific War in World War II? In this episode of Scholar Talks, John McManus, the Curators’ Distinguished Professor of U.S. military history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, joins BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams to talk about his new book "Island Infernos: The U.S. Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944" Together, they discuss the nature of the war in the Pacific between America and Japan, the experiences of soldiers on the ground, and the leadership styles of the U.S. generals involved. Why did 1944 witness a turning of the tide in the U.S. Army's Pacific war effort?
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Edward Lengel: Thinking Through World War II | BRI Scholar Talks
BRI Senior Teaching Fellow, Tony Williams, and guest scholar Ed Lengel will be discussing Lengel's compelling essays in BRI's new Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Digital Textbook on the dramatic Pacific theater of World War II. Lengel will narrate the captivating story of Japan’s aggressive expansionism during the 1930s in the lead-up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the brutal fighting in the Pacific, and the consequential dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the summer of 1945.
The Most Decorated American Soldier of World War II: Audie Murphy, World War II, and Courage
In this lesson, students will consider the courage of Audie Murphy, who became the most decorated American soldier of World War II. They will also consider how to cultivate and apply courage in their own lives.
The Battle of Midway with Craig Symonds | Pivotal Battles in American History #3
How did the Battle of Midway shape the outcome of the Pacific War in World War II and why was it pivotal in American history? To wrap up our Scholar Talk series, "Pivotal Battles in American History," BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams is joined by Dr. Craig Symonds, Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy, Lincoln Prize winner, and the author of numerous books on naval history including "The Battle of Midway." Together, they discuss the dramatic course of the Battle of Midway. How did the carrier change the nature of naval warfare during World War II? What decisions made by leadership on both sides led to the Americans' stunning victory over the Japanese?