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2019

12th July:  Operation Reflect: What the modern British Army learned from the First World War.’ by
Maj Gen (retd) Mungo Melvin, WFA vice-president

When one thinks of lessons from the Great War (1914-1918), most historians would point to the Kirke Report of 1932. Yet the recent centenary commemorations of the First World War provided an opportunity for the modern British Army not only to remember the conflict, but also to study it afresh in order to derive some pertinent lessons for today. Many professional military historians were sceptical to say the least, but once they had joined one of the British Army’s three major battlefield studies on the Western Front run in 2014, 2016 and 2018, they saw how much of contemporary value was being discussed. As the Army’s senior adviser to this project and responsible for designing and helping to run these activities, my talk details the approach we took and what we learned.

9th August: Professor John Derry  The Great War aftermath
 
13th September: Peter Hart The last battle: endgame on the Western Front
 
11th October: Dr Jack Sheldon, WFA vice president, 
 
8th November: Clive Harris TBA
 
6th December: Rob Thompson TBA
Please note the earlier than usual date for this talk