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.