We are pleased to publish the video of a new Masterclass lectured by Professor Marc Laurenceau of the D-Day Overlord website. A lecture hold within the framework of the Master’s Degree in Military History of INISEG, the International Institute for Studies on Global Security.

In this remarkable Masterclass on the Battle of Normandy, our lecturer will analyze the airborne operations during the midnight of D-Day, just before the amphibious landing that started at dawn. The landing and parachuting operations during D-Day were part of Operation Neptune, which in turn was an operation within the framework of the much larger Operation Overlord.

Prof. Laurenceau will focus on the preparations and progress of the airborne operations inside Operation Neptune, especially the Allied paratrooper drops at the edges of the landing zones, as well as the bombing of the main objectives. This lecture is the continuation of a previous one focused on the amphibious landing itself and the management of German officer’s attrition fighting against Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy.

Prof. Marc Laurenceau is a career military man (Major) and a military historian. Trained in France and at various military academies around the world (USA, Japan, Singapore), he has developed a precise knowledge of history and international relations. He has interviewed dozens of veterans of the Battle of Normandy, visiting its battlefields every year.

Author of several books on the subject, he has focused on the study of that historic period and has direct access to archives, notably in France and the United States. He is also the creator of the D-Day Overlord website, the first French-language site devoted to the Battle of Normandy.

Blog GRIP will keep publishing a selection of Masterclasses and lectures on military history and armed conflicts, with a special emphasis, albeit not exclusive (as this lecture shows), on the Vietnam War, direct consequence and legacy of the First Indochina War, a conflict taught by Professor Juanjo Alarcón in the Master’s Degree in Contemporary Military Conflicts, whose video presentation is also available on Blog Grip. Incidentally, Prof. Juanjo Alarcón is the host of these lectures.

We really hope that this series of selected lectures may spark your interest in the topics presented in each one of them. And since they are all part of the Area on Security and Defense and the Master’s Degree in Military History of INISEG, we provide you with the links to INISEG’s academic offer directly related to the lectures we publish: