13th Annual Sarasota World War II Conference - FILLING VERY FAST - ENROLL NOW!

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Once again, in late January, we will land on the warm white sands of Lido Beach with a combined task force of distinguished World War II historians and decorated World War II combat veterans - for the 2018 World War II Conference! And you should Join Us!

  • Hear leading historians' carefully crafted presentations, with strong visual support, on fascinating topics
  • Engage in lively discussions with historians and attendees during the meetings and social events
  • Meet and befriend like-minded men and women from across the land
  • Enjoy the 600 feet of private beach of the Sandcastle Resort - and watch the sun set into the Gulf each evening
  • Visit the area on your free time - St. Armand's Circle, the Mote Aqua-marina, Ringling Art Museum, etc.           
  • Honor the World War II Combat Veterans you will meet - and whose stories will touch your heart.

During the conference, a comprehensive selection of military history books will be available - you'll be able to acquire books written by our faculty members and secure autographed copies.

Please review the schedule to see what a rich and varied program we will present - we believe it to be an outstanding one! And on the Registration Page, note that you can enroll for all or any part of this exciting conference. You can also enroll at www.cwea.net - or call 800-298-1861.  We Hope to See You!     


Jay Wertz

Jay Wertz is the author of six books including two award-winning volumes in the War Stories: World War II Firsthand series, D-Day: The Campaign Across France; and The Pacific: Volume One – Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, as well as the recently released The Pacific: Volume Two – The Solomons to Saipan. He is also the author of The Civil War Experience 1861-1865; and with Edwin C. Bearss, the co-author of the Smithsonian’s series, Great Battles and Battlefields of the Civil War.

Edwin C. Bearss

Ed Bearss, historian emeritus of the National Park Service, is the most well known battlefield guide in America and leads military history tours year-around of the Civil War, American Revolution, American West, and World War I and World War II in Europe. He is acclaimed as one of the stars of Ken Burns's award-winning PBS series, The Civil War. In 1956, he helped locate and raise the ironclad gunboat Cairo, one of the most significant artifacts of the Civil War.

Roger Cirillo

ROGER CIRILLO recently retired as the Director of the Book Program of the Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the United States Army (AUSA). He is the author of numerous articles on World War II and other aspects of military history.

Lee F. Kichen

LTC Lee F. Kichen, USA-Ret is a retired Armor officer who served in command and staff positions in Armor, Armored Cavalry and Mechanized Infantry units.  He has served on the faculties of  Slippery Rock University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff  College.  He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the United States Air Force Air War College.

Steven W. Knott

STEVEN W. KNOTT -  Retired U. S. Navy Captain Knott is currently assigned to the U. S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he teaches military history, theater strategy, and campaign formulation.  In 2009, he was awarded the Admiral William F. Halsey Chair of Naval Studies to recognize his superior academic contributions to the college. His other awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards), as well as several unit and operational awards.

Robert J. Laplander

Robert J. Laplander is the leading authority on the ‘Lost Battalion’ of the 77th Division and the author of Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legend of America’s Famous WW1 Epic. He is featured in the television event The Great War; a 6-hour, 3-part record of America’s contributions in WW1 presented as part of the American Experience series for PBS in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the war.

Erin R. Mahan

Erin Mahan is Chief Historian of the Department of Defense, and previously served as an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the National Defense University, and also as a historian at the Department of State, where she edited several volumes of Foreign Relations of the United States. Her publications include Kennedy, de Gaulle, and Western Europe and articles on NATO, the Berlin Crisis, and U.S. and French foreign economic policies during the 1960s. 

Robert Mullauer

Robert Mullauer teaches and leads tours on various military topics. He specializes in World War II, the American Civil War, and the Napoleonic Wars. He is a seasoned trekker of WWII battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.

Mitchell Yockelson

Mitch Yockelson is an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) where he  heads the Archival Recovery Team (ART). Additionally, he teaches military history at Norwich University. He is the author of Borrowed Soldiers, Americans under British Command, 1918; MacArthur: America’s General; and Grant: Savior of the Union. A fourth book, Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the Germans in Autumn, 1918, will soon be published.




WE'RE SWITCHING CREDIT CARD SOFTWARE, so online registration is unavailable

FOR NOW, CALL 800-298-1861 to complete your credit card registration; Or download and complete the registration form on the Printable document found on the "Overview" page, & & FAX to 800-550-1347

or MAIL with payment to:


Box 78, Winchester, VA 22604

Tuesday, January 23

7:30 AM-8:30 AM          Continental Breakfast - Ballroom

8:00 AM throughout        Book Display & Sale courtesy of A. Parker Books, Sarasota

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM         The Desert Fox and the Hounds at his Heels:
                                   North Africa, 1942-1943
Jay Wertz

9:45 M – 10:45 AM         The Germans in NormandySteven W. Knott

11:00 AM -12:00 N         Drugs in the Third Reich Erin R. Mahan

12:00 N – 1:00 PM         Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM        Myths of Midway - Robert Mullauer

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM        Thank God for Dr. Letterman’s Reforms –
                                  or I would Not Be Here Today!
- Edwin C.  Bearss

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM          A Visit with WWII Combat Veterans – names TBA

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM          Reception in honor of our World War II Veterans - Cash Bar  

Wednesday, January 24

7:30 AM-8:30 AM            Continental Breakfast - Ballroom

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM         The Battle of Brisbane, November 26-27, 1942:
                                    A Riot between American and Australian Allies
- Mitchell Yockelson

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM        The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot - Robert Mullauer

11:00 AM – 12:00 N        Mark Clark and the Drive on Rome - Roger Cirillo

12:00 N - 1:00 PM          Group Lunch in Dining Room

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM          The True Story of the Wooden Horse - Robert F. Laplander

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM         The Hammelberg Incident: Patton’s Last ControversyLee F. Kichen

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM          Open Forum Q & A – all faculty

We reserve the right to change the order and topics of presentations, and to substitute faculty members as circumstances may dictate.


Sarasota WWs Conferences 2018

We will be headquartered at the Sandcastle Resort on Lido Beach, 1540 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236 where we have reserved a block of rooms at the special discounted nightly rates of

  • $144 Non-View -- $164 Court View -- $183 Poolside -- $204 Gulf Front.

To reserve a room under our block call 800-225-2181 and identify yourself as a registrant for the World Wars Conference. Our attendees WILL NOT be assessed the Sandcastle’s $25 per day Resort Fee.

For attendees not staying at the Sandcastle, parking is available on the street - and local bus service (SCAT - Route 4) has a stop across the street from the hotel.


Sandcastle Resort on Lido Beach
1540 Ben Franklin Drive
Sarasota, FL
United States