AUSA’s Army Matters Podcast

Special Edition: French Resistance, Operation Overlord and the Liberation of Europe in WWII

March 31, 2021

Leading up to D-Day, the French Resistance gathered intelligence, harassed Axis occupiers and slowed German reinforcements. Every year on June 6th, people from around the world gather in the Normandy Region to commemorate Operation Overlord (D-Day) and the liberation of Europe.  While most of the focus is on US, British, and Commonwealth efforts, this year, the contributions of the French Resistance to the success of the Allied Landings at Normandy in WWII are being honored with a new monument. The Normandy French Resistance Monument is being sculpted right now and will be unveiled in Normandy on June 5, 2021 for the 77th D-Day Anniversary. Joining us today are two people central to the creation of the new monument: Captain Joseph Ivanov and Stephen Spears, the sculptor.

  • Guests:
    • Captain (Ret) Joseph Ivanov, U.S. Army Special Forces, Founder & Project Lead, Normandy French Resistance Monument
    • Stephen Spears, Sculptor, Normandy French Resistance Monument
  • Host: SMA (Ret) Daniel Dailey, AUSA’s Vice President for NCO and Soldier Programs

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