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Sons of the White Eagle Review in Journal of Southern History

I am delighted to share the latest review of Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation by William B. Kurtz that was published in the Journal of Southern History (Volume 83, Number 3, August 2017). The Journal of Southern History, which is edited at and supported by Rice University, is a quarterly devoted to the history of the American South broadly conceived. The Journal publishes refereed articles and solicited book reviews on all aspects of southern history and is unrestricted as to chronological period, methodology, and southern historical topic. It is published by The Southern Historical Association. Journal of Southern History Review of Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War Recent scholarship on ethnic Americans during the Civil War has understandably focused on the two largest groups, German and Irish immigrants. Polish Americans, estimated as numbering perhaps 30,000, have received comparatively little attention due to their small numbers and the difficulty of working with Polish materials. Thus Mark F. Bielski offers a welcome take on the Polish Civil War story in his new book, Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation.…

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WWII Veteran Mort Sheffloe – Part II

For the July 26, 2017 History with Mark Bielski podcast, I am again on location in Normandy with WWII veteran, Mort Sheffloe. Mort resumes discussion of his wounding near Brest, France. He talks about his time in a field hospital then convalescence at a military hospital in England and his return to America at the end of the war. Some of the interviews took place in cafés at Utah and Omaha Beaches.  

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Interview with WWII Vet Mort Sheffloe

Photo caption: Map of Normandy and Brittany 1944 On the July 12, 2017 History with Mark Bielski podcast, I am on location in Normandy with WWII veteran, Mort Sheffloe, and a group of graduate students. Mort discusses his WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. Some of the interviews took place while walking the sands and in cafés at Utah and Omaha Beaches.  

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D-Day Beach Landings

On History with Mark Bielski June 21, 2017 Podcast, D-Day Beach Landings, Mark and guest historian, Marty Morgan, discuss the operations, Omaha Beach landings and actions at Vierville Draw on D-Day.  Above is a map showing the landing plans for Omaha Beach. To listen to D-Day Beach Landings Podcast click here.  

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D-Day Airborne Operations Podcast

On History with Mark Bielski June 6, 2017 Podcast, D-Day Airborne Operations, Mark and guest historian, Marty Morgan, discuss the airborne operations and actions of the American 82nd and 101st and the British 6th Airborne Divisions on D-Day.  Above is a map depicting the D-Day invasion. To listen to D-Day Airborne Operations Podcast click here. Stained glass window at Ste-Mere-Église depicting paratroopers.

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Operation Overlord Part II Podcast

On History with Mark Bielski May 31, 2017 Podcast, Operation Overlord Part II, I discussed key agents in the deception plan, Operation Fortitude, Garbo and Brutus.  The Podcast includes excerpts from Dr. Stephen Ambrose’s lectures at the University of New Orleans. Garbo and his network. “Brutus” Polish Air Force officer and Allied spy. Charles DeGaulle on BBC.   Eisenhower and Churchill at Southwick House  

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Review of Sons of the White Eagle in Polish American Journal

I am delighted to share a review of my book Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation written by Mary Lanham and published in the Polish American Journal in December 2016. The Polish American Journal is the nation’s largest, independent English language monthly newspaper dedicated to the promotion, preservation and continuance of Polish American culture. Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation Walk around the American Civil War section of your library and one could think that every aspect of the war has been covered. You will find specialized books on South Carolina Women in the Confederacy, Civil War Veterans of the Tonawandas, N.Y. and Biographical Sketches of Confederate Participants in the Battle of Picacho Pass, April 15, 1862. So it is only fitting that Mark Bielski has added to the field a Polish perspective of the War Between the States with his Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War. This thoroughly researched text with photos, maps, historical documents, an impressive bibliography and index, offers nine personal portraits of Poles who fought for the North, the South, and in one case…

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Civil War Books and Authors Reviews Sons of the White Eagle

I am delighted to share the latest review of Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided Nation, by Civil War Books and Authors (CWBA). CWBA is a comprehensive resource for book reviews on the American Civil War. Fans of Civil War history will find a variety of well-researched books covering a diverse range of topics on the Civil War on the CWBA website, so spend some time there. About Civil War Books and Authors The Civil War Books and Authors website consists of book reviews, publishing news, interviews, profiles and commentary. Emphasis is placed on smaller publishers, university presses, and local history. Civil War Books and Authors reviews non-fiction Civil War-related books, including on the military, politics, society and reference. Political events from the decades leading up to the war, and expansion topics like the Texas Revolution or U.S.-Mexican War are also covered. The Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi theater and Indian conflicts during and surrounding the Civil War years are particular interests. Review of Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War As noted in the review: “In recent decades, immigrant studies have assumed a much more prominent place in…

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Mark Bielski Interviewed on Civil War Talk Radio

I was recently interviewed by Gerry Prokopowicz, host of Civil War Talk Radio, about my new book, Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Polish Officers on Both Sides of the War Between the States. About Civil War Talk Radio Civil War Talk Radio, which airs on Voice America, is a weekly, hour long, internet-based talk radio show. Each week, Gerry Prokopowicz, who is a Professor of History at East Carolina University, interviews leading historians, authors and enthusiasts, on all things Civil War related on his weekly, hour-long show. Topics cover all aspects of Civil War history from the battlefields to the home fronts and features guest experts as well as insights from Gerry, as they discuss the most critical period in Civil War history. About the Mark Bielski’s Interview on Sons of the White Eagle As Gerry says during the introduction, “During the American revolution soldiers like Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski forged the beginning of historic ties between the United States and Poland. America’s revolution succeeded but Poland was temporarily wiped off the map in 1795 and in the 19th century many freedom-seeking Poles came to the New World as refugees from failed rebellions against their…

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