Overlord 80 Years Ago: New Year’s Eve, 1943-44

By Phil Padgett | December 31, 2023 |

 Powerful engines throttled down to a low mutter in the dark on New Year’s Eve 1943, two Royal Navy motor gunboats, towing hydrographic survey craft, edged toward the German minefield…

(“Cheeky American!”)

By Phil Padgett | August 14, 2023 |

“These often are quite impressive,” the young archivist said, handing me the closed-up flat file for this painting by C.E. Turner in Britain’s National Archives. When I returned the file…

Under Bombs, 1940 and 2023

By Phil Padgett | August 9, 2023 |

In July, I was in London for two weeks’ research for a follow-on to Advocating Overlord (more to come). After immersion in World War II documents all day inside Britain’s…

FDR’s Fishing Trip, 80 Years Ago This Week

By Phil Padgett | August 6, 2023 |

“Also, historical events took place that will perhaps go down in history as the most momentous occasion of this World War II.  This, of course, I cannot discuss for some…

Happy D-Day!

By Phil Padgett | June 5, 2023 |

Happy 79th anniversary of D-Day! Over the months beforehand, many brave men and women risked their lives to obtain this OMAHA Beach-West map’s intelligence on fortifications, obstacles, and mines that…

Kensington’s Day of the Book Returns!

By Phil Padgett | March 20, 2023 |

Looking forward to the return of Kensington, Maryland’s Day of the Book on Sunday, April 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine! Three years ago, the pandemic…

“The Quadrant Conspiracy” – a New Novel Inspired by “Advocating Overlord”

By Phil Padgett | October 10, 2022 |

Writing a book often comes down to choices.  For Advocating Overlord, I decided that stating the case for Roosevelt and Churchill having reached a quid pro quo involving Normandy and the…

“Come on Texas!”

By Phil Padgett | August 27, 2022 |

The Battleship U.S.S. Texas will be on the move Wednesday, August 31, weather permitting.  A livestream video of Texas getting under tow, August 31, will be available on the Battleship…

Happy D-Day

By Phil Padgett | June 5, 2022 |

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered— We few, we happy few, we band…

Return to “Wonderland”

By Phil Padgett | March 11, 2022 |

Finally, after two years of pandemic-imposed absence, a day spent researching at the National Archives in College Park (a.k.a. “Wonderland”)!  Working with the archivists to build the foundation for a…