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WWII Navel Operations Set for Stratford Library Talk

Speaker Bill Preinitz Offers Two-Part Series February 21st & 28th “Sunday Afternoon Talks” at the Library

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming

“Overview of Atlantic Campaign, 1939-1945” and “Science vs. the U-boats: Blackett’s Circus” will take place on the Library’s Zoom platform. The talks are free and open to the public. The series, which is presented on consecutive Sundays, are organized and hosted by Charles Lautier and are from 2-3:30 pm. To register online and receive a Zoom invitation for the February 21st  program visit: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7368760

The two-part series both involve WWII Allied Naval Operations against Nazi Germany in the North Atlantic. “Overview of Atlantic Campaign, 1939-1945” examines the roots of the campaign which are the product of the events of World War I and the Inter War treaty system.

“Science vs. the U-boats: Blackett’s Circus” is based on the conduct of the Battle of the Atlantic. Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett entered Cambridge and graduated in 1921 with first class honors in Physics. In the mid-1930’s he was approached to consult on the organization and information flows of Britain’s Chain Home air defense radar system. He assembled a group of world class minds to study ways to defeat the U-boat forces in the North Atlantic.  Their influence and pivotal contributions in turning the tide of battle in the convoy lanes of the Atlantic War will be discussed at the Library program.

Guest speaker Bill Preinitz is a Chicago native currently residing in Weston.  He holds a B.A. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Finance, and an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. His career began with a brisk and transformative experience in the U.S. Army and he has, subsequently, held management roles in consumer banking and publishing in Chicago.  A job relocation to Manhattan led to an over 25-year long investment banking career. After retiring eight years ago, he immediately authored two books and has a special focus on the history of Rome, the American Civil War and World War II. Preinitz has also been a guest speaker at Weston Public Library on various international/military/security topics.


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