World War II Presentations/Discussions/Debates on YouTube
A place to gather YouTube videos on various WWII topics. If one catches your fancy and you'd like to start a thread on it, please do so. (Mods, if its sticky-worthy, please do your thing).
Apologies if a video has already been posted previously.
Here is a start with a diverse group of lectures.
Professor Richard Overy - Writing the History of the Second World War: Anything More to Say?
On 9 March 2015 the Sir Michael Howard Centre hosted Professor Richard Overy for a lecture on the Second World War and the age of imperialism. Professor Overy discussed the major challenges faced by today's historians of the Second World War and how the age of imperialism best accounts for the war’s origins, course and consequences.
Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. From 1980 to 2004 he taught at King's College, London, where he was made professor of Modern History in 1994. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1977), Fellow of the British Academy (2000) and Fellow of King's College (2003). In 2001 he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morison Prize of the Society for Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare. His most recent books are ‘The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945’ (2013), ‘The Third Reich: A Chronicle’ (2010), ‘The Morbid Age: Britain between the Wars’ (2009), and ‘1939:Countdown to War’ (2009).
The Battle for Rabaul: The Pearl Harbor for the Japanese
Bruce Gamble, author of the three volume WWII History of Rabaul. North of New Guinea and Australia, this natural port was key to Japan's strategy and ambitions in the area all throughout the war.
Combat veterans of the campaign discuss the attack on the stronghold.
"The Soviet-Finnish Winter War." - John Suprin
"1944 Northern Burma Campaign" - Dr. Gary J. Bjorge
"Fighting a Lost War: The German Army in 1943" by Dr. Robert Citino
Published on Jul 25, 2014
1943 marked the end for the German Army's advance in World War II. The German forces, known as the Wehrmacht, lost the initiative on all fronts, and found themselves on the defensive against the U.S, British, and Soviet forces slowly pushing their way into the German heartland. Pulling material from German primary sources and information collected in his book, The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943, award winning author Dr. Robert M. Citino will discuss the reactions and decisions made after the tables turned against the German forces. The decisions made by the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, the German High Command, and the German Officer Corps helped to bring about the end of the Wehrmacht’s command of continental Europe. Despite the effects of the command’s disastrous decisions, the German Army maintained cohesion, morale, and aggression, prolonging the bloody conflict. Join us for an in-depth look at the decisions made by the Wehrmacht, which lead them to their eventual defeat.
"Military Transformation: The Japanese Army during the 1920s and 1930s" by Dr. Edward Drea
Published on Jul 23, 2014
Following World War I, the Imperial Japanese Army sought to modernize its weapons and equipment and transform its force structure. For almost two decades, the best and the brightest staff officers assigned to the War Ministry and General Staff grappled with transformation issues as they sought to create a modern force capable of protecting Japanese interests in Northeast Asia. The fundamental question revolved around how to prepare Japan for a future conflict that would require national, industrial, and military mobilization to fight and win a protracted war. Shifting political trends and Japan's weak industrial infrastructure limited the parameters for transformation. This resulted in fierce debates about Japan's future military strategy and diverse theories about total war in the offices of the Army General Staff and the War Ministry that set officer classmates against one another.
The Imperial Army's story of military transformation involves more than weapons procurement and acquisition policies. It was a twenty-year struggle for the soul of the Army. The officer education and promotion systems played central roles in the drama because these determined the choice assignments for future advancement and high command. Between the early 1920s and the mid-1930s, multiple transformative initiatives faltered until one brilliant but eccentric Army colonel seemed on the cusp of achieving the Army's goal of a national mobilization state.
2012 Commemoration for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle for Guadalcanal - Full Version
Watch the full version of James D. Hornfischer, author of Neptune's Inferno, at the Marines' Memorial Club for the Commemoration Luncheon for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle for Guadalcanal on August 7, 2012.
Richard Frank "Guadalcanal: The First Offensive"
Richard B. Frank delivers the keynote address at The National WWII Museum's 2011 International Conference on WWII in New Orleans.
Professor Nathan Stoltzfus on Hitler's Management of the Germans
On January 20, 2015 Nathan Stoltzfus delivered a lecture, "Hitler's Management of the Germans: Coercion, Compromise and the View from Washington" as part of "The U.S. in World Affairs: The Cold War and Beyond" lecture series. The lecture was followed by a discussion with Professors Konrad Jarausch and Gerhard Weinberg. The forum is organized by the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professorship in the Department of History and the College of Arts and Sciences, with support at UNC from the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and UNC Global, as well as from the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the West Triangle Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.
(skip ahead to the 6:40 mark if you don't want to hear the intros).
William "Pat" Schuber discussed the assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich in Operation Anthropoid. The lecture was presented to Dr. John McLaughlin's NJWWII Book Club at the Millburn Public Library on June 23rd, 2015
No Easy Wins: British & Commonwealth Armies in World War II by Dr. Jonathan Fennell. The audio is garbled for the first 30 seconds, but then works fine. Interesting talk.
And the description from the Second World War Military Operations Research Group's webpage.
Here is a lecture delivered by member Dr Jonathan Fennell to the Second World War Research Group, which is research group at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London. Jonathan is a Lecturer in Defence Studies based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College and is the author of the important study Combat and Morale in the North African Campaign: The Eighth Army and the Path to El Alamein that was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. This talk is based on research being undertaken for Jonathan next book on the British Commonwealth armies of the Second World War.
Innovation under Fire–Tactical Change in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, 1943 by Dr. Gregory Hospodor. The first minute or so of Hospodor's presentation requires you turn up the volume because his microphone wasn't working. It clears up after that.
Published on Oct 1, 2015
This talk briefly examined what the US Army learned and then changed as a result of its experiences during the campaigns in North Africa and Sicily. It focused upon “the sharp end,” the tactical level of war where the fighting occurred.
Army units learned quickly under fire, improving their battlefield performance rapidly between Battles of Kasserine Pass (February 1943) and Troina (August 1943).
Dr. Gregory S. Hospodor is an associate professor in the Department of Military History at the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, the University of Mississippi, and Louisiana State University, where he completed a dissertation on the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848. His research focuses on World War II military operations in the Mediterranean and the U.S.-Mexican War.