Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 pm

World War II – Bringing It Home to Stockbridge

Elson-book coverTo commemorate Veterans’ Day, author Aaron Elson will talk about his new book, The Armored Fist: The 712th Tank Battalion in World War II.  Elson began recording stories of World War II veterans more than 25 years ago, after attending a reunion of his father’s tank battalion.  In his stories about the war, Aaron’s father often spoke of a fellow lieutenant, Edward L. Forrest from Stockbridge, who was killed.  In 1995, Aaron decided to see if he could find Lt. Forrest’s family.   Thus began a journey of discovery into a story that involves not only Ed Forrest, but the American Revolution, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, TWA Flight 800, The Lincoln Monument, Tanglewood, a middle school in Holland, Beartown Mountain, Norman Rockwell, blueberry pie, Frank Sinatra and Elian Gonzalez.

About the author: Aaron Elson has written several books about World War II.  His work in the preservation of veterans’ stories has been used as source material in more than two dozen books and a dozen documentaries, some of which, like The Color of War and Patton 360, have appeared on the History Channel. He began recording the stories of World War II veterans more than 25 years ago after attending a reunion of his father’s tank battalion.

Aaron Elson grew up in New York City and currently resides in New Britain, Connecticut, where he works as a copy editor at the New Britain Herald and Bristol Press. He previously worked at the New York Post, the Daily News, and the Bergen Record in New Jersey.

For more information, visit Aaron’s web site at www.tankbooks.com or his blog at http://oralhistoryaudiobooks.blogspot.com.



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