Remembering ‘Operation Overlord’ / Congressional candidate Rep. Fred Keller


This is the scene along a section of Omaha Beach in June 1944, during Operation Overlord, the code name for the Allied invasion at the Normandy coast in France during World War II. Landing craft put troops and supplies on shore at Omaha, one of five landing beaches. Seen in the background is part of the large fleet that brought the Allied troops across the English Channel. Barrage balloons are flying in the air, designed to entangle low-flying enemy aircraft in their cables. (AP Photo)

What to look for on Smart Talk, Thursday, May 16, 2019:

On June 6, 1944, during World War II, American and Allied forces launched the greatest amphibious invasion in history.

Operation Overlord” is best known today as “D-Day,” when forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in Nazi-occupied France. By the end of that day, the Allies had established a foothold on the French coastline.


A reenactment scene from a past Army Heritage Days event at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA.

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A reenactment scene from a past Army Heritage Days event at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA.

This weekend, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle is recognizing ‘Operation Overlord’ during the annual Armed Forces weekend commemoration event.

Army Heritage Days is a “timeline” living history event that features several hundred reenactors from all eras, in addition to equipment displays and a fly-over by WWII-era aircraft.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss ‘Operation Overlord’ and the events on the Heritage Trail are Geoffrey Mangelsdorf, Director of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and Jared Frederick, History professor at Penn State Altoona and a WWII living historian.

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Geoffrey Mangelsdorf

Also, Pennsylvania will hold a special election on May 21 for the 12th Congressional District seat vacated by U.S. Representative Tom Marino. Marino announced in January his decision to leave following his re-election to a two-year term last November.

Joining Smart Talk to discuss his campaign for this position is Pennsylvania state representative Fred Keller. Representative Keller is a Republican, serving the 85th district, which includes Snyder County (Part) and Union County (Part).

The 12th Congressional District is located in central and northern Pennsylvania and includes Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder, and Union Counties and parts of Northumberland and Montour Counties in the WITF listening area.

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Rep. Fred Keller