West Point military historian to speak at New Canaan Men’s Club

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West Point military historian Richard Anderson, in a lecture titled: “Prelude to D-Day: The Secret Plan to Forge Anglo-American Military Coordination,” will recount a little-known WWII mission in the spring of 1941, when the United States has always been officially neutral, aiming to forge cooperative ties between British and American forces. This will happen this Friday at the New Canaan Men’s Club meeting at Morrill Hall at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at 111 Oenoke Ridge Road in New Canaan.

The US Army Special Observer Group, called on to prevent potential enemies from discovering the group’s purpose, worked with the British to develop strategic plans to employ US forces in Europe if and when the United States entered. in World War II. While much of the early work has become obsolete as conditions have changed in the European theater, Anderson’s talk will provide insight into how the early planning stages played a critical role in the preparation. of the cross-Channel attack known as the D-Day invasion.

The Men’s Club has resumed its in-person meetings in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, requiring attendees to have proof of vaccination upon entering the building, and continues to broadcast its meetings via Zoom for members not yet vaccinated.

Anderson, who is now managing director of West Point’s history department, focuses his research on Anglo-American collaboration.

Anderson enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve Military Police in 1996, then attended the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Iowa, and received his commission in 2002 as an Aviator of the US military. After flight school, Anderson served as a platoon leader and company commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Anderson received a graduate degree in history from the University of Kansas, then served as an instructor at West Point before moving on to the Strategic Plans and Policy branch and served a year on the staff of the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Korea. In 2016, Anderson received a doctorate, also from the University of Kansas.

New Canaan Men, 55 and over interested in joining the Men’s Club, can email [email protected]

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