Fort Leavenworth crestThe Fort Leavenworth Series III :

Decisive Battles

There are many famous battles in history that we label as decisive events — Yorktown, Waterloo, Gettysburg, and Midway — just to name a few. However, history is replete with lesser known clashes of arms that were arguably just as significant in their respective wars. Don’t miss the chance to learn about these critical clashes on the first THURSDAY of each month 3:00 at the Dole Institute

Feb. 6, 2014
Cowpens, 1781
Dr. Joseph Fischer

March 6, 2014
The Battle of Cape St. Vincent
Dr. John Kuehn

April 3, 2014
Plattsburgh, 1814
Dr. Richard Barbuto

May 1, 2014
Vitoria, 1813
Dr. Mark Gerges

June 5, 2014
Coming of Aerial Armageddon: Operation Argument and the "Big Week" February 1944
Dr. John Curatola


July 3, 2014
The Battle of Koniggratz, 1866
Dr. Ethan Rafuse

Aug. 7, 2014
Somme, 1916
Dr. Mark Hull

Sept. 4, 2014
Battle of Moscow, 1941
Mr. John Suprin


Oct. 2, 2014
Buena Vista, 1847
Dr. Gregory Hospodor

Nov. 6, 2014
Siege of Budapest, 1944-1945
Dr. Sean Kalic





Fort Leavenworth crestThe Fort Leavenworth Series II:

Selected Topics: World War II

The scholars of the Department of Military History at
the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College provide an in-depth look at the significance of specific WWII battlegrounds, with attention to factors such as other major world players, campaigns and tactics, U.S. military-government policy, the role of women service members and the bombing of Japan.

First THURSDAY of each month
3:00 at the Dole Institute

Feb 7, 2013: John Suprin – “The Soviet-Finnish Winter War.” WATCH

Mar 7, 2013: Dr. John T. Kuehn – “War on the Atlantic – Not Battle of: Misconceptions and Clarifications.”

Apr 4, 2013: Dr. Joseph R. Fischer –
“Playing Mind Games: Tactical PsyOp in WWII.”

May 2, 2013: Dr. Jonathon M. House –
“How the Red Army Defeated Germany:
The Three Alibis”


Jun 6, 2013: Dr. Louis A. Dimarco –
“Eisenhower, Operation TORCH, and U.S. Military Government Policy”

Jul 11, 2013: Dr. Janet G. Valentine
Who Then Will Do the Mending?: Women in Military Service in WWII.”


Aug 1, 2013: Dr. Gary J. Bjorge –
“Stilwell’s 1944 Northern Burma Campaign: The Challenge of Coalition Warfare in the CBI Theater.”


Sep 5, 2013: Dr. James H. Willbanks –
“World War II in the Aleutians, 1942-1943.”


Oct 3, 2013: Dr. Gregory Hospodor –
“Bitter Victory?: The Allied Campaign for Sicily Revisited.”


Nov 7, 2013: Dr. John Curatola –
“Whirlwinds of Flame: The Strategic Bombing of Japan in World War II.”






The Fort Leavenworth Series I:
Military History of the Cold War

FtLeavenworth Cold War Series


Fort Leavenworth crestThis monthly series, brought to the Dole Institute by scholars from the Department of Military History at the US Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth, promises to be an extensive and fascinating look at the historical events that fueled the fires of the Cold War. From Cuba to Korea, to Vietnam and Afghanistan, get an inside look at US tactics and strategies during these world changing events. Lectures are scheduled every 3rd THURSDAY of the month through Nov. 15, 2012

The Cold War lasted roughly fifty years and spanned a dynamic and tense time in the context of international history.  This lecture series provides insightful discussions of the significant events that have come to represent the Cold War. Beyond focusing on the strategic nuclear dynamic between the United States and the Soviet Union, this series highlights the global nature of this ideological contest by providing insights into Cold War hot spots such as Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

February 16, 2012
The Onset of the Cold War -Dr. Sean Kalic

March 15
, 2012
The Korean War - Dr. Janet Valentine

April 19, 2012
Military Crises of the Eisenhower Era -
Dr. Jon House

May 17, 2012
New Look and Massive Retaliation
Dr. John Curatola

June 21, 2012 -
Cuban Missile Crisis
Gates Brown

July 19 , 2012
Vietnam: First Indo-China War to 1968
Dr. Tony R. Mullis

August 16, 2012 -
Vietnam: 1968-1975
Dr. James Willbanks

September 20, 2012 -
Detente and Arms Control
Dr. Sean Kalic

October 18, 2012
Yom Kippur War and
The Development of U.S. Military Doctrine
John Suprin


November 15, 2012
The Soviet Union in Afghanistan
Dr. Bob Baumann