Full course description
History of WWII; D-Day:
The immense planning and military strategy for Operation Overlord, the scale of the landings on June 6th, and the legacy and importance of D-Day near the 75th anniversary of the invasion.
Jointly offered with The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA, this course explores the largest amphibious invasion in history through expert interviews and commentary, fascinating oral histories, unique artifacts, and rare historical footage. Trace the intricate planning of the operation through an analysis of strategy and leadership of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force. Learn how D-Day was executed and examine the successes and failures of the invasion through the testimony of the servicemen who flew the missions, night-dropped into the countryside, and landed on the beaches. Analyze memory and present-day remembrance of the historic battle through a variety of perspectives and personal reflection.
Discover D-Day facts and timelines:
This course is online and self-paced and is comprised of oral histories and short videos, interactive learning objects, and artifacts from the Museum's collection. In-course activities will include discussion forums and interactions with faculty members, including questions and answers.Modules include:
- Module 1: Planning and Preparation in England
- Module 2: The Atlantic Wall and the Decision to Go
- Module 3: Airborne, amphibious, and ground operations on June 6th, 1944
- Module 4: The Normandy campaign and remembrance 75 years later
Who is this course designed for:
Life-long learners, K-12 teachers looking to better understand D-Day and the history of the D-Day invasion.
What you'll receive:
Certificate of completion
Call 1-844-353-7856 to speak with an enrollment coach about this course.
The National WWII Museum
Chrissy Gregg, Distance Learning Manager
Chrissy Gregg is the Distance Learning Manager at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. She has been with the Museum since 2011 and oversees the variety of distance learning initiatives for both K-12 and life-long learning audiences, reaching tens of thousands of participants a year. This includes the Museum’s Telly and Suncoast Emmy award-winning Electronic Field Trip series, which are highly-produced webcasts for students. Chrissy has an MA in Museum Studies from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Studio Art and History from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. She has curated an exhibit on the Museum’s collection of Allied propaganda posters and has presented extensively on art in war and the Monuments Men.
Robert Citino, PhD
Robert is The National WWII Museum’s Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian. He is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published 10 books, including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943; Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942; and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich as well as numerous articles covering World War II and 20th-century military history. He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines such as World War II.
Dr. Citino enjoys close ties with the US military establishment, and taught one year at the US Military Academy at West Point and two years at the US Army War College. He also was Professor of History at North Texas University, Lake Erie College, and Eastern Michigan University. He has won numerous teaching awards and was voted the #1 professor in the United States on ratemyprofessors.com in 2007.
Seth Paridon, Historian
Seth Paridon has been a staff historian at The National WWII Museum since 2005. He began his career conducting oral histories and research for HBO’s miniseries The Pacific and holds the distinction of being the first historian hired by the Museum’s Research Department. In the 12 years he was Manager of Research Services, Seth and his team increased the oral history collection from 25 to nearly 5,000 oral histories
Seth served as one of the chief historians and content team members during the development and construction of US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, Road to Berlin, Road to Tokyo, and The Arsenal of Democracy permanent exhibits, as well as many temporary exhibits, contributing to every aspect of exhibit creation from historical research to copy editing, gallery design, and video production. Seth currently holds the position of Digital Content Manager in the Museum’s new Media and Education Center, and is tasked with creating historical media utilizing the museum’s vast collection of oral histories and archival imagery and footage.
“This dynamic collaboration epitomizes ASU’s commitment to innovation and accessibility. Regardless of where they live, students will be able to interact with materials in the Museum’s collection that have typically only been open to professional scholars."
-Penelope Adams Moon, PhD, Director of Online Programs for ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies