Myths of World War II

April 27, 2017

5:30 PM

Please join us for

“Myths of World War II”

Bat bombs. Pearl Harbor. The Red Army. Come learn about myths involving these subjects and more when the Marshall Foundation hosts a panel of three distinguished World War II historians.

A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series presented by Carnegie Corporation of New York

Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:30 pm with reception to follow

Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Foundation
VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia

Reservations required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to Seating will be first come, first served. Members and students will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

You are invited to see the special exhibition, “Six Degrees of Marshall,” that is on display in the Lower Gallery.


Dr. Michael C. C. Adams, Regents Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University and author of The Best War Ever, will analyze the triumph of the Good War myth in the last years of the twentieth century, its consequences, and then ebb after 9/11.

Dr. Conrad C. Crane, Chief of Historical Services for the Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, will discuss numerous myths of the air war, the dangers of monocausal explanations about the defeat of Japan, and the misuse of historical analogies.

Dr. Mark A. Stoler, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont and editor of volumes 6 and 7 of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, will explore myths about prewar appeasement and U.S. “isolationism,” Pearl Harbor and U.S. entry into the war, the Grand Alliance and the Anglo-American “Special Relationship,” the American role in defeating the Axis Powers, and the impact of these myths on postwar U.S. foreign and military policies.