When I started this blog, I was focussed mainly on Normandy, since I’ve been there several times and it’s the area I know the most about. It started as “We’re not lost, Sergeant, We’re in Normandy”. This is a variation on a line from “Band of Brothers” when Lieutenant Winters reassures Private Hall that they’re not lost. Since the real Hall was probably Sergeant Hall, I changed the line from the mini-series to reflect his actual rank.
However, since a lot of my research has been on Edson Raff, who spent little of his combat career in Normandy, and I tend to write extensively on Operation Dragoon (and thus far, on the 517th PIR more than any other unit). So, on 7 December 2010, I changed the name to “We’re not lost, Sergeant, We’re in … France” to reflect the broader scope of the blog, as well as to make it more palatable to the veterans of Dragoon – many of whom went through 3 or 4 D-Days during World War II.
So, the blog will focus on World War II, sometimes venture into modern military issues as they relate to the history, mention Gettysburg far too often, talk about battlefields and preservation, discuss leadership and hopefully provide some insight into my research and writing. There will be nothing about modern politics, nor anything personal beyond what’s listed above (I’ll talk about my travels, but not about what wines I’m drinking….)
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