Less than a mile from one of the D-Day embarkation ports, unchanged Southwick House in Portsmouth, England is where General Eisenhower made the decision of the century – approval for the invasion of Europe. It is one of 22 chapters revealing the little-known, overlooked, or even fully ignored but essential people, places, and great events associated with World War II. A release date of spring 2019 is expected by Lyons Press/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. The book’s purpose is to bring readers into the existing places essential to the conduct of the war and its outcome, thus connecting the past with the present.

Come back for periodic insights, including portions of chapters and rare vintage and current photos by the author taken at the same locales where the history of our time was made. Regular previews here will include the considerable remains of the Eighth Air Force bases in England, from where thousands of attacks against occupied France and Nazi Germany were conducted. (The Eighth AAF had ten times the losses of U.S infantry.) The rarely-visited and virtually unknown remnants of the bases – over 120 of them- remain in parts and pieces throughout East Anglia’s regions of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Each chapter will include deeply researched historical insights along with both vintage and author-produced current images.

About Jerome O'Connor

Jerome M. O’Connor, a Chicago area journalist, historian and college educator, produces and lectures about the little-known, overlooked, or under-reported people, places and great events of modern history. To qualify, all locations must exist and are accessible. Deeply researched and dynamically presented multi-media programs result in numerous return invitations. Currently available are personally conducted tours to view and enter facilities depicted in his Chicago Tribune features, ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY and MOTOR ROW MEMORIES. Updated for 2018 is the photographic result of a return visit to Bletchley Park in England, where 12,000 code-breakers revealed the 'secret of the century,' the breaking of the Nazi Enigma cypher machine. O'Connor was the first journalist to reveal its existence in a widely viewed 1997 cover feature in Naval History magazine and in British Heritage magazine in 1998. In an appearance at the U.S. Naval Academy, O'Connor was awarded "Author of the Year" by the U.S. Naval Institute. His much awaited first book entering the overlooked locales essential to the victory in WW II will be published in early 2019 by Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield Publishing.

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