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Churchill’s American Arsenal

Thursday, November 16, 2023

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST

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The Partnership Behind the Innovations
that Won World War Two


Larrie D. Ferreiro, engineer, historian, and a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist

About the Lecture

Many weapons and inventions were credited with winning World War II, most famously in the assertion that “the atomic bomb ended the war, but radar won the war.” What is less well known is that both airborne radar and the atomic bomb were invented in British laboratories, but built by Americans. The same holds true for many other American weapons credited with the Allied victory, in particular, the Liberty Ship and the Landing Ship Tan. Both were innovated by British naval architects, but adopted, adapted and built in extraordinary quantities by American engineers (e.g., Gibbs and Cox) and area shipbuilders (Newport News and Norfolk Naval Shipyards). 

Ferreiro shares stories of how these vessels brought vital arms, supplies, and troops to the front lines across the globe, culminating in Allied victories.

Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to Larrie, and he will answer following the lecture. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. for guests attending the lecture in person.

Registration information:

Advance registration is required whether you attend the lecture in person or online. Evening lectures will be in person in the Main Lobby and livestreamed.

In person ticket includes one drink ticket.
A cash bar will be available for additional beverages.

Pre-order a charcuterie plate when you buy your ticket.
Charcuterie plates must be purchased at the time of registration.

In person 

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Free for Museum Members. $10 for guests.


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.

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