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Annual Hurley Military History Seminar

The 37th Annual Alfred and Johanna Hurley Military History Seminar will be held on 9 November 2019 at Verona Villa in Frisco, Texas starting at 8:30 AM. Our theme will be: D-Day, New Insights on its 75th Anniversary. The speakers are Peter Caddick-Adams and James Holland. To register, go to

Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams was born in London in 1960 and educated at Shrewsbury School, Sandhurst and Wolverhampton University, where he gained First Class Honours in War Studies; he received his PhD from Cranfield University. He worked in the House of Commons, then taught at Oxford and Birmingham Universities before being appointed Lecturer in Military and Security Studies at the UK Defence Academy in 1998, and Lecturer in Air Power Studies at RAF Halton since 2012. Concurrently, he pursued a second career in the UK Regular and Reserve Forces, was commissioned in 1979 and joined the Reserves in 1985. Peter has extensive experience in various war zones, including the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. During 1996-7, he was the official NATO Historian in Bosnia, based in Sarajevo, and was also the UK Historian during the Iraq War of 2003, based in Qatar and Iraq, and has written extensively on the campaigns he witnessed, including Afghanistan. The author of six books, his latest, a new history of D-Day 1944 - Sand and Steel (Preface and Oxford University Press) - released in May 2019, in time for the 75th anniversary. His three previous works, Snow and Steel: The Battle of the Bulge 1944-45 (2014), Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell (2012), and Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives (2011) were best sellers and Monte Cassino is now the basis for a movie for which Peter is the historical consultant.

James Holland is a British historian, author, and broadcaster whose work focuses on World War II. He was educated at Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury, and King's School, Bruton, and in 1992 attained a BA degree in History from St Chad's College, Durham. Holland has written both novels and non-fiction history books focusing on the Second World War, and has presented documentary programming about WWII for television and radio. He is also the co-founder, co-chair and program director of the annual Chalke Valley History Festival, which is the largest festival dedicated entirely to history in the UK. James is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of both the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He has his own collection at the Imperial War Museum. His books on World War II include: The Battle of Britain: Five Months that Changed History, May - October 1940 (2010); Dam Busters: The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943 (2013); The War in the West, Volume I: Germany Ascendant 1939-1941 (2015); The War in the West: The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943 (2017); Normandy '44: D-Day and the Battle for France (2019) James also writes entries in the Ladybird Expert Series of books for children, with each focused on a particular battle or aspect of World War II. He has said that he plans to write a total of twelve books for the series.

The Origins of the Annual Hurley Military History Seminar

The Alfred and Johanna Hurley Military History Seminar is now well into its third decade, offering cutting-edge discussions on issues of national security and military history every fall. The seminar was conceived by UNT President and retired Air Force General Dr. Al Hurley in 1983. Its unique concept was to move fluidly between the battlefield and the academy by teaming a "scholar" with a "warrior," an expert on a particular war with a veteran of that campaign. The seminar continues in that spirit, and has added new dimensions by adding historians and national security officials to broaden the discussions. Recent seminars have featured speakers like former CENTCOM Commander General Anthony Zinni ("The General's Dilemma: Aligning Warfighting With Politics, from the American Revolution to the War in Afghanistan"), Oxford's Chichele Professor of the History of War Dr. Hew Strachan ("The British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan"), Sir Michael Howard ("War Among The Peoples"), Dr. Sean McMeekin ("The War of the Ottoman Succession: Re-Examining the First World War a Hundred Years Later"), retired Australian colonel and counter-insurgency expert Dr. David Kilcullen ("The Accidental Guerilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One"), and Dr. Victor Davis Hanson ("The Significance of Ancient Warfare for the Present and the Future.") Year in and year out, for 30-plus years and counting, the Hurley Seminar balances in-depth discussions of current wars with new interpretations of important historical questions like The Future of NATO, German combat power in World War II, the national security implications of the Kennedy assassination, and the Origins of World War I. Join us!

2018 Subject: 1918: The 'Miracle' of Allied Victory and German Defeat Reexamined

Leading Authority: Dr. Geoffrey Wawro

Leading Authority: Dr. Spencer Jones

2017 Subject: From Passchendaele to Petrograd, 1917: The Year the Germans Almost Won the First World War

Leading Authority: Dr. Nick Lloyd

Leading Authority: Dr. Sean McMeekin

2016 Subject: NATO: The Past, Present and Future of the Atlantic Alliance

Leading Authority: Dr. Alberto Coll

Leading Authority: Dr. Andrew Natsios

2015 Subject: "New World Orders: 1815 and 1945"

Leading Authority: Dr. Jeremy Black

Leading Authority: Dr. Jeffrey Engel

2014 Subject: "When Diplomacy Fails: The Outbreak of WW I and the Cataclysm of 1914. Fresh Perspectives on the 100th Anniversary of the Great War"

Leading Authority: Dr. Sean McMeekin

Leading Authority: Dr. Geoffrey Wawro

2013 Subject: "The National Security Implications of the Kennedy Assassination"

Leading Authority: Dr. David Kaiser

Leading Authority: Thurston Clarke

2012 Subject: "Death of the Wehrmacht - The Rise of American Combat Power and the Destruction of Hitler's Army"

Leading Authority: Dr. Robert Citino
("Encircled: the German Army and the Problem of the Multifront War")

Veteran's Perspective: Lieutenant-Colonel James "Maggie" Megellas US Army (retired)
("All the Way to Berlin")

2011 Subject: "Dilemmas of American Power 1776 to 2011"

Leading Authority: General Anthony Zinni
("The Generals' Dilemma: Aligning Warfighting With Politics, from the American Revolution to the War in Afghanistan.")

Leading Authority: Francis "Bing" West
("The Public's Dilemma: Who Will Fight for Us?")

Veteran's Perspective: Lieutenant-Colonel Phillip Frietze, United States Marine Corps
("U.S. Marine Engineers in the Helmand Province: The Big Red 7.")

2010 Subject: "Graveyard of Empires or New Dawn in the Middle East? Fresh Perspectives on the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"

Leading Authority: Dr. Hew Strachan
("The British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan.")

Leading Authority: Dr. Seth Jones
("Afghanistan's Local War.")

Veteran's Perspective: Captain David Musick, US Army
("Combined Operations in Iraq in 2005 - 2008.")

2009 Subject: "From the Fertile Crescent to the Hindu Kush: Front Line Perspectives on America's 'Long War'"

Leading Authority: Mr. Rajiv Chandrasekaran
("Counterinsurgency and State-Building in Iraq and Afghanistan: A View from the Front Lines.")

Veteran's Perspective: Dr. David Kilcullen
("The Accidental Guerilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One.")

Veteran's Perspective: Captain William Nance
("Success of the Ink Spot: Area Security Operations in Southwest Mosul.")

2008 Subject: "Western Coalition Warfare: Past, Present, and Future"

Leading Authority: Dr. Jeremy Black
("Anglo-American Coalition Warfare: Past, Present and Future.")

Veteran's Perspective: General John Shaud, USAF (Ret.)
("An American Officer at SHAFE.")

2007 Subject: "The Future of Warfare"

Leading Authority: Dr. Victor Davis Hanson
("The Significance of Ancient Warfare for the Present and the Future.")

A Veteran's Perspective, Dr. Thomas A. Keaney
("The Future of Warfare: Politics and Technology.")

2006 Subject: "Strategy and War in the 21st Century"

Leading Authority: Sir Michael Howard
("War Among the Peoples.")

Veteran's Perspective: Vice Admiral Charles W. Moore
("Emirs, Admirals & Desert Sailors.")

2005 Subject: "The Iraq War"

Leading Authority: Dr. Geoffrey Wawro
("The War in Iraq. Causes, Conduct and the Weight of History.")

Veteran's Perspective: Captain Stanton Deland
("The Battle of Falluja: The Perspective of a Marine Veteran.")

2004 Subject: "The Recent History of U.S. Civil-Military Relations"

Leading Authority: Dr. Richard H. Kohn
("The Dangers of Militarization in a Perpetual War on Terrorism")

Veteran's Perspective: Lt. General Bradley C. Hosmer, USAF (Ret.)
("The Professional Military and Political War: What are the Risks?" )

2003 Subject: "Precursors to Current Conflicts"

Leading Authority: Dr. Brian M. Linn
(" The U.S. War in the Phillippines, 1890-1902")

Veteran's Perspective: Lt. Gen. Dave R. Palmer, USA (Ret.)
(" Winning the Peace: The Role of a Nation's Army")

2002 Subject: "Terrorism"

Leading Authority: Dr. Norman Itzkowitz
("The Psychology of Terrorists and Terrorism")

Veteran's Perspective: Lt. Gen. Maxwell C. (Clay) Bailey, USAF (Ret.)
("Counter Terrorism: Unconventional Warfare in Afghanistan")

2001 Subject: "Perspectives on the Russian Military in World War II and the Cold War"

Leading Authority: Col. David M. Glantz, USA (Ret.)
("Fact and Fancy: The Great Patriotic (Soviet-German) War, 1941-1945")

Veteran's Perspective: Lt. Gen. Charles Hamm, USAF (Ret.)
("Cold War Duty in Moscow")

2000 Subject: "World War II"

Leading Authority: Dr. Williamson "Wick" Murray
("Generalship, Leadership, and the Conduct of Operations in Europe, Lessons in World War II")

Veteran's Perspective: Mr. John H. "Lucky" Luckadoo
("Life with the Bloody Hundredth Bomb Group")

1999 Subject: "The War in Vietnam"

Leading Authority: Dr. George Herring
("The Reluctant Warrior: LBJ as Commander-in-Chief")

Veteran's Perspective: Brig. Gen. David Winn, USAF (Ret.)
("Smart People; Dumb War?")

1998 Subject: "The U.S. Fights in Asia: The Korean War"

Leading Authority: Dr. Allan Millett
("Korea, the Forgotten War: Understanding is Better than Remembering")

Veteran's Perspective: Colonel Henry F. Gole
("The Combat Climate in Korea: A Reflection by a Once Young Soldier")

1997 Subject: "Military Leadership in Total and Cold Wars"

Leading Authority: Dr. Carlo D'Este
("General George Patton's Leadership in Total War-Who was George S. Patton?")

Veteran's Perspective: General Russell Dougherty
("A General's Perspective: Leadership in the Cold War")

1996 Subject: "Political-Military Relations: In World War II and Cold War"

Leading Authority: Dr. Mark Stoler

Veteran's Perspective: General John Chain
("Cold War Perspectives")

1995 Subject: "The Decision to Use the A-Bomb"

Leading Authority: Dr. Robert Divine

Veteran's Perspective: Mr. David Braden
("B-29 Operations Against Japan")

1994 Subject: "Japanese Combat Tradition"

Leading Authority: Dr. Alvin Coox

Veteran's Perspective: Mr. Roy Appleton
("Five Pacific Landings with the Marines")

1993 Subject: "Role of Intelligence in 20th Century History"

Leading Authority: Dr. Carl Boyd

Veteran's Perspective: Admiral Bobby Inman
("Post World War II Intelligence")

1992 Subject: "1942 in the Pacific"

Leading Authority: Dr. Robert Love

Veteran's Perspective: General Robert Galer
("Marine Air Operations in the Pacific")

1991 Subject: "German Planning of Barbarossa Campaign"

Leading Authority: Dr. Gerhard Weinberg

Veteran's Perspective: Colonel Carl Reddel
("Perspectives on Soviet Society")

1990 Subject: "The German Offensive 1940"

Leading Authority: Dr. Dennis Showalter

Veteran's Perspective: Air Vice-Marshall R.A. Mason
("The Battle of Britain")

1989 Subject: "Hitler and the United States"

Leading Authority: Dr. Gerhard Weinberg

Veteran's Perspective: Maj. General A.R. "Bud" Bolling
("The Battle of the Bulge")

1988 Subject: "Eisenhower as Supreme Commander"

Leading Authority: Dr. Stephen Ambrose (Dr. Al Hurley-substitute)

Veteran's Perspective: Maj. General H.S. Hansell, Jr.
("Planning the Air War in Europe")

1987 Subject: "The Lessons of the Korean War"

Leading Authority: Dr. Burton I. Kaufman

Veteran's Perspective: Brig. General Ed Simmons
("The Marines in Korea")

1986 Subject: "George Marshall"

Leading Authority: Dr. Forrest Pogue

Veteran's Perspective: General William Y. Smith
("View of the Soldier-Statesman")

1985 Subject: "Operations in the Pacific"

Leading Authority: Professor Ron Spector

Veteran's Perspective: General T.R. Milton
("World War II Bombing Operations")

1984 Subject: "General Douglas McArthur"

Leading Authority: Dr. Clayton James

Veteran's Perspective: General Bryce Poe
("Reconnaissance Operations in Korea")

1983 Subject: "General George Patton"

Leading Authority: Professor Martin Blumenson

Veteran's Perspective: Lt. General A.P. Clark
("The POW Experience in Europe")

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