Lectures

We are available to give talks to Academic institutions, Clubs, Societies and generally any gatherings.

Subjects include the Somme, Waterloo, Ypres, the Dambusters, the Architecture of Remembrance (CWGC) and others upon request.

Waterloo

9 desperate hours on that hot Sunday of June 18th 1815 ended Napoleon’s European ambitions and secured peace for the next 50 years. Did Wellington win it or did Napoleon lose it?

This is possibly the most dramatic battle in British history.

The Architecture  of Remembrance

How the CWGC came into being.

Many have visited the War graves in France and Belgium, those silent Battalions who lie in such tranquillity. Fewer people realise how this came about and who were responsible for these temples of serenity that we so admire today.

The Cockleshell Heroes and the Heroes of Telemark;

Both raids have been covered by exciting but somewhat inaccurate films – the true stories are both extraordinary and tragic in their planning and execution. Courage and endurance at its most extreme.

The Somme

The Battle of the Somme, particularly the catastrophic opening day, is often regarded as symbolic of the wastefulness and tragedy of the British combat experience in the Great War. However a German Staff officer described it as “the muddy grave of the German Army”. A paradox worthy of further examination.

Ypres

“I should like to acquire the whole of the ruins of Ypres; a more sacred place for the British race does not exist in the world.” What made Ypres so special in Winston Churchill’s eyes? Despite the 4 battles that raged around the city, it never fell to the German onslaught and almost 250,000 allied casualties are testimony to the heroic resistance.

The Dambusters

Regarded as possibly the finest feat of flying in World War II, this raid by 19 Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron against the great Dams of the Ruhr is a story of ingenuity, great skill and enormous courage in the face of fearsome odds.

Upcoming Lectures 

The Architecture of Remembrance,   20th October 2018

Previous Lectures 

The Architecture of Remembrance,   8th September 2018

The architecture of remembrance,   24th Nov 2017

Waterloo,   28th April 2016

The Somme,   2nd July, 2016

The Somme,   9th July, 2016

Waterloo,   12th February 2016

The Somme,   9th April 2015

The Heroes of Telemark, 20th February 2015

 

The Cockleshell Heroes, 28th February 2014

 

The Battle of the Somme, 20th March 2013

 

Lecture enquiries

Recent Lectures 

The Battle of the Somme, 

20th March

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