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British Imperial Armies in the Final Stages of the Global War Event

Professor Gary Sheffield
28 June 2017
Avenue Campus, SO17 1BF. Refreshments at 5.30, Lecture at 6pm. Please register via Eventbrite for Room Details.

Event details

In 1918, the armies of the British Empire were engaged in war on a global scale. Men from places as diverse as Southampton and Sydney, Dublin and Delhi, were fighting on fronts as distant from each other as Belgium, Italy, Iraq and East Africa. In this lecture, Professor Gary Sheffield will examine both the composition of these forces and their military effectiveness. Finally, he asks what the campaigns of 1918 can tell us about the response of the British Empire to the demands of total war.

This event launched the Great War: Unknown War programme for 2017-18.

After our very successful launch in 2014-15, we are again uncovering unknown and unusual aspects of the Great War. We have a rich programme drawing on expertise from across the University and beyond, in history, music, film, archaeology and literature.

Events to look out for:

  • Study days on the ‘Desert War’ and ‘America’s War’
  • Special ‘Silent Film Month’ in February 2018
  • 'Unknown War’ lecture series
  • Exhibition on local history of the war
  • Lunch-time concert: music in the war

Great War: Unknown War Webpage

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Professor Gary Sheffield
Professor Gary Sheffield

Speaker information

Professor Gary Sheffield,University of Wolverhampton,MA, PhD, FRHistS, FRSA, is, with Professor Stephen Badsey, co-director of the First World War Research Group. He was educated at the University of Leeds (BA, MA) and King's College London, where he studied for his PhD under the supervision of Professor Brian Bond. He started his academic career in the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before moving to King's College London's Defence Studies Department, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, where he was Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course, the UK's senior operational course for senior officers. Awarded a Personal Chair by KCL in 2005, he took up the newly-created Chair of War Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2006 before moving to the University of Wolverhampton in September 2013.

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