The Carolina Roundtable on the World Wars

World War II German cavalry

Upcoming Events!



Moderator's Minute!

Click here to read a Moderator's Minute about Second World War anniversaries.

National History Day!

National History Day is an annual event that helps bring history alive for over half a million middle school and high school students, who participate in a national project-based competition. This year the regional contest is being held at Western Carolina University on March 19, 2016.

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Welcome to the online home of the Carolina Roundtable of the World Wars. Based at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, the roundtable is a gathering place for those with an interest in the history of World War I and II, as well as the period between the wars.

If you would like more information or are interested in attending the next meeting of the roundtable, please click here.

New Link!

Click below for a story about the MG42, "Hitler's Buzz Saw, the powerful machine gun that could fire up to 1,800 rounds a minute.

Hitler's Buzz Saw

Click below for a story about the unveiling of a statue of Reckless, the war horse described as "America's greatest equine soldier."

Reckless statue

Click below for a story about Major Edwin Ramsey, leader of the last horse cavalry charge in U.S. military history.

The Last Charge

Click below for an entertaining short video about the Boeing XB-15, the forerunner to the B-17 Flying Fortress.

Boeing XB-15

Click below for a powerful short feature from Israeli television detailing a march to Nazi death camps undertaken by the descendants of members of the SS and German army. As one participant states, the march is an attempt to "shatter the cover of silence over the Holocaust."

March of Life


Richard L. DiNardo is Professor for National Security Affairs at the United
States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. He
obtained a B.A. in History in 1979 from Bernard Baruch College, part of the City
University of New York (CUNY). DiNardo then attended the Graduate School
and University Center of CUNY, receiving his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in
History in 1985 and 1988, respectively. DiNardo assumed his present position
with the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in January 1998.
DiNardo has an extensive record of publication. He has authored, co-authored
or co-edited seven books on topics ranging from German military history to the
American Civil War to the Royal Navy in the age of sail. His most recent work,
Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915, published by Praeger, appeared in 2015.
DiNardo’s previous book, Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915,
also published by Praeger in 2010, won runner-up prize for the World War I
Historical Association’s Tomlinson Book Award. One of DiNardo’s earlier
publications, Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse,
published by the University of Kansas Press in 2005, is part of the required
reading in a course on coalition warfare at Air War College. Aside from books, he
also has published an extensive number of articles on a variety of topics in
scholarly journals and professional military publications.