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Charles T. O'Reilly

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles T. O’Reilly, USA (ret.) “received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago, a Master's. Degree in social work from Loyola, and a Doctorate in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. He was a professor at Loyola and the University of Wisconsin and served as the Dean of the School of Social Welfare and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the State University at Albany in New York before returning as Dean at Loyola's School of Social Work from 1976 to 1992, where he oversaw the creation of the School's doctoral program. Mr. O'Reilly served in World War II as an interpreter with Italian Service Units and as a counter-intelligence officer during the Korean Conflict. He continued his service in the Army reserves until 1974, when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in Military intelligence.” Lieutenant Colonel Charles T. O’Reilly died in 2008.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles T. O’Reilly is the author of Forgotten Battles and Jews of Italy,1938-1945: An Analysis of Revisionist Histories.  He is also the co-author of The Enola Gay and the Smithsonian Institution.

According to the book description of The Enola Gay and the Smithsonian Institution, “On August 6, 1945, the B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, which ushered on the end of World War II. For the 50th anniversary of this major event in world history, the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution produced an exhibit. A controversy erupted, however, over the exhibit’s historical authenticity. Veterans, for example, complained that the museum displayed a misrepresented version of history.


After concisely covering the background of the Enola Gay and its mission, this study focuses on the controversy surrounding the museum exhibit. Issues covered include casualty figures, ethical questions, and political correctness, among others. The viewpoints of such groups as museum personnel, exhibit organizers, veterans, and historians are covered. Appendices offer information on content analysis of the National Air and Space Museum exhibit script, non-museum materials that were intended to complement the exhibit script, and the importance of full disclosure in research.”

Enola Gay and the Smithsonian Institution
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Forgotten Battles
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Jews of Italy,1938-1945: An Analysis of Revisionist Histories
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According to the book description of Jews of Italy,1938-1945: An Analysis of Revisionist Histories, “The author demonstrates that the Italian Army deserves attention for its often humanitarian treatment of Italian Jews and other Jews. He also analyzes revisionist histories of Pope Pius XII and his alleged "silence," arguing that revisionists were writing for a popular audience interested in sensation and scandal, and that this profitable trail attracted journalists and historians alike.


Focusing primarily on the roles played by the Vatican and the Royal Italian Army, this book also provides an overview of the travail of Italy's Jewish community from the beginning of Mussolini's anti-Semitic policies in the late 1930s, through the end of the German occupation in May 1945.”


According to the book description of Forgotten Battles, “This volume takes issue with the, apparently, prevalent attitude among Allied commanders during World War II that the Italian military was ineffective. It recounts the little known story of the significant contribution of relatively unacknowledged Italian partisan formations that fought in Italy, France, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Despite fighting on the frontlines with the British and American soldiers, or their service in the Italian Navy and Air Force, the Allies refused repeated Italian pleas for more involvement in combat.”

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