The Battle of the Bulge will be the topic of discussion at the next lunch and learn event at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene.
According to the organization, the next Lunch & Learn program is at noon on Thursday, February 27 in the Visitors Center Auditorium, 200 SE 4th, Abilene. Free and open to the public, a light lunch is included on a first come, first served basis.
Guest speaker Gregory Fontenot will discuss his recent book titled Loss and Redemption at St Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Fontenot closes a gap in the record of the Battle of the Bulge by recounting the exploits of the 7th Armored Division in a way that no other study has. Most accounts of the Battle of the Bulge give short-shrift to the interval during which the German forward progress stopped and the American counterattack began. This narrative centers on the 7th Armored Division for the entire length of the campaign, in so doing reconsidering the story of the whole battle through the lens of a single division and accounting for the reconstitution of the Division while in combat.
Gregory Fontenot is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army. He is currently a consultant on threat emulation for Army experimentation and a working historian. He was lead author of On Point: The US Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom published by CGSC Press and is the author of The 1st Infantry Division and the US Army Transformed: Road to Victory in Desert Storm, 1970-1991, winner of the 2017 Army Historical Foundation award for Unit History. He lives in Lansing, Kansas.
Copies of Loss and Redemption at St Vith are available for purchase in the gift shop. A book signing will follow the presentation.
The Lunch & Learn series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation and the Union Pacific Foundation.