A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Martin K.A. Morgan is an author and historian who specializes in American and military history. He is the author of Down To Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy and The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion. Martin contributes frequently to World War II Quarterly and The American Rifleman, and he has also written for Aviation History, World War II, World War II History, Armchair General, the Garand Collector’s Association Journal, 39/45 (France) and After the Battle (England). Martin has appeared in television programs relating to historical subjects on the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, History, H2, the Weather Channel, Syfy, the Outdoor Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, and The Military Channel/The American Heroes Channel. With a background as a park ranger and a museum professional, Martin's experience in public history paved the way for the publishing and broadcasting work he does today. Since 2002, he has been leading battlefield tours around the world, especially in Europe. Marty will join the June 2, 2018 "B" departure as well as the September 1, 2018 departure of the trip.
Historian and retired archivist Timothy Mulligan has written three books and 20 articles on military history, most relating to the Second World War in Europe, including Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke and Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi Germany's U-Boat Arm. He received his Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of Maryland in 1985. During his 34-year tenure as an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration, he also compiled the two-volume finding aid World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation. This guide describes approximately 200,000 cubic feet of records in National Archives custody, and received the Society of American Archivists' C.F.W. Coker award in 2009. Now retired, Timothy teaches a course on "History Through Hollywood." For the pair of trips beginning June 2, 2018, Tim will join the "A" departure.
Len Fullenkamp served in the United States Army for more than 46 years as a soldier and scholar. His active duty assignments included tours in Vietnam and Germany with command and staff assignments with the 25th Division, 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, the 2nd Ranger Battalion, and the 42nd Field Artillery Brigade. He has served on the faculties of the United States Military Academy and the Army War College, and holds a masters degree in history from Rice University. Len is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, and the National Security Seminar on Strategy, Syracuse University. As Professor of Military History and Strategy at the Army War College, he served as director of the Advanced Warfighting Studies and the Advanced Strategic Art Programs. In addition to his teaching duties, he directed the Army War College’s Staff Ride program. He is the co-author of the Army War College battlefield guides to Gettysburg, Shiloh, and the Vicksburg Campaign. In addition to leading walks on Civil War battlefields, Len has extensive experience leading groups on WWI battlefields in France and Belgium, and WWII battlefields in Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, and the Ardennes.