Joseph R Fischer, Ph.D., is a retired Professor of History from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). He was CGSC Civilian Instructor of the Year in 2006 and author of A Well-Executed Failure: the Sullivan Campaign Against the Iroquois by University of South Carolina Press (1997 and 2008). He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel, USA and an Iraq war veteran.
Fischer will speak on the topic of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest (1944). The Hürtgen spanned several months, Sept. 19 to Dec. 16, 1944 in the area North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. A combined strength of approximately 200,000, US Commander Omar Bradley and Third Reich Commander Walter Model, would face off in a series of battles that collectively came to be known as, Battle of Hürtgen Forest. A victory for the German’s saw an Allied defeat with devastating casualties.