Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series
Professor Gary Sheffield will take us through the Battle of Passchendaele. Passchendaele was the major WW1 campaign of 1917. It was fought initially for control of the ridges South and East of Ypres and the railway junction at Roulers, thus threatening the supply route of the German 4th Army. Although the offensive began well with the British attack at Messines in Jun 17, a combination of German resistance, wet weather and diversion of formations to the Italian front in Oct – Nov 17 led to very limited gains at great human cost in atrocious weather.
Lecturer Professor Gary Sheffield MA, PhD, FRHistS, FRSA is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and a military historian. He has published widely, especially on the First World War, and contributes to many newspapers, journals and magazines. Gary Sheffield is an internationally-recognised expert on the First World War, especially the role of the British army. His research interests are, broadly, Britain in the age of total war, 1914 to 1945, and military history, especially land warfare, since Napoleon. He is currently writing, for Yale University Press, Civilian Armies: The Experience of British and Dominion Soldiers in the Two World Wars.
6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences
£9 non-members | £7 Friends
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