Francois Gauthron, an expert on the Normandy Invasion and the author of Colors of War: Not Black and White but Nuances of Gray, will speak at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

Gauthron’s new book studies the motivations behind the leaders of both the Allies and the Axis Powers, suggesting the World War II figures were sometimes led astray by personal agendas, politics, even stubbornness.

French author and World War II expert Francois Gauthron will speak at the National Infantry Museum on Dec. 12.

The French author and historian has a unique perspective on World War II, having grown up in Bayeux, France, not far from the famous D-Day landing site of Omaha Beach.

His grandmother had escaped from the Bolsheviks and married a French farmer. She told him stories of what it was like for civilians during the German occupation of Normandy.

Gauthron now operates a successful battlefield tour business, bringing to life the historic locales and battlefield sites of World War II.

There will be an opportunity to meet the author, purchase his book and get it autographed during a reception in the museum lobby at 5:30 p.m. on Dec 12. The presentation will follow at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The National Infantry Museum Foundation Lecture Series is offered in partnership with The Hughston Clinic. The series was launched in 2005 in honor of Jack C. Hughston, M.D. It features contemporary speakers focusing on the subjects of leadership, courage, duty and honor.

French historian Francois Gauthron grew up in the shadows of World War II battlefields in France and now offers guided tours of those historic sites. He will present a lecture at the Infantry Museum in Columbus in December.


The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park, a 155-acre tract linking Columbus, Georgia, and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, is the first world-class site to pay tribute to the U.S. Army Infantryman and those who fight alongside him. As the only interactive Army Museum in the United States, the museum showcases the contributions of the Infantry Soldier in every war fought by the U.S. by engaging visitors in the unique experiences of the Infantry Soldier. The complex also includes a parade field, memorial walk of honor, Global War on Terrorism Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Plaza, authentic World War II Company Street and Giant Screen Theater. For more information, visit

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