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History Happy Hour

Episode 186: 29th Division in World War II

Guest: Joe Balkoski

Sunday, February 25, 2024

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This week on History Happy Hour:  Author and historian Joe Balkoski becomes our first ever five-time guest, as he returns to pick up the story of the 29th Division. Things will kick off with a special ceremony honoring Joe’s five-time guest status. (A hat is involved!)

Then Chris and Rick will talk to him about the 4th volume of his five-volume series on the 29th: Our Tortured Souls: The 29th Infantry Division in the Rhineland, November - December 1944. A riveting story of heroism and tragedy, during which thousands of 29ers became casualties in a campaign that ultimately failed to end the war.


Joe Balkoski is a renowned American military historian who has authored eight books on American involvement in the ETO during World War II. This includes a five-volume series on the history of the 29th Infantry Division in World War II and a two-volume set on American participation in the D-Day invasion. He has appeared as a D-Day expert on MSNBC, and his work has been praised by Joe Scarborough, the New York Post, World War II magazine, and others.

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