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Our FREE Talks

We are very pleased to confirm the continuation of our successful series of FREE talks. These are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield and bring together some of the foremost military historians from throughout the United Kingdom for a series covering a wide range of subjects relating to the Great War and occasionally other subjects.

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Peter Barton – Espionage in the First World War

Peter Barton – Espionage in the First World War

Peter Barton is a well known historian and prolific writer on First World War matters, but perhaps best known as a film-maker and broadcaster, producing and presenting revealing historical documentaries for television and festivals. From 2002 to 2013, he was secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group. He works as a consultant with the French and Belgian institutes of Archaeology…

Roger Moorhouse – First to Fight – Poland in WW2

Roger Moorhouse – First to Fight – Poland in WW2

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Alex Churchill – Generals of the Great War

Alex Churchill – Generals of the Great War

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Steve Chambers – Gallipoli

Steve Chambers – Gallipoli

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Dr Kate Vigurs - SOE – A Cool and Lonely courage – Women of F Section

Dr Kate Vigurs - SOE – A Cool and Lonely courage – Women of F Section

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Julian Whippy – ‘The D-Day Dodgers’

Julian Whippy – ‘The D-Day Dodgers’

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Victoria Taylor – Fighter Aces in the First World War

Victoria Taylor – Fighter Aces in the First World War

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Paul Johnson & Dan Hill – Hertfordshire Soldiers in the Great War

Paul Johnson & Dan Hill – Hertfordshire Soldiers in the Great War

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Dr Mark Baldwin - Alan Turing and The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park

Dr Mark Baldwin - Alan Turing and The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park

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Jim Nicolson – ‘Nicolson VC’

Jim Nicolson – ‘Nicolson VC’

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Dan Hill – The Great War – The Big Picture

Dan Hill – The Great War – The Big Picture

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HAW Battlefield Tour 2019

HAW Battlefield Tour 2019

This year’s tour will offer something completely new for Herts at War in that our annual tour will depart from the Western Front and head to Normandy to spend four day following the fortunes of Hertfordshire’s servicemen in the 1944 D-Day landings and subsequent fighting for Normandy. Based at a Hotel in Port-en-Bessin, we will spend three nights in the area. The proposed itinerary is as follows: …

Guy Walters - The Real Great Escape

Guy Walters - The Real Great Escape

Guy Walters is a historian, broadcaster and regular Mail in Sunday contributor, who is well known for his books and TV series about the Second World War. He is the author of a dozen books, including four wartime thrillers and the acclaimed histories: Berlin Games, Hunting Evil - which recounts the post-war search for Nazi war criminals and the subject of our talk: The Real Great Escape. His latest…

NON-HAW EVENT - Nicolson, VC Battle of Britain, Spitfire Pilot

NON-HAW EVENT - Nicolson, VC Battle of Britain, Spitfire Pilot

Dear folks, In case this should be of any interest to people, as part of the Spitfire Summer programme, I have been invited to give the talk about my uncle, "Nicolson, VC", at RAF Hendon on Battle of Britain Sunday, which is 15th September. My talk will start at about 3pm in the conference room that overlooks the Short Sunderland by the main entrance. The good news is that it is free. There are…

Non-HAW Event - Beneath the Western Front Battlefield Tour 2019

Non-HAW Event - Beneath the Western Front Battlefield Tour 2019

Beneath the Western Front Battlefield Tour 2019  Tour Dates: 6-8 September 2019 Run conjunction with Great War Historian, Herts at War Project Leader and Durand Group member, Dan Hill, this three-day, two-night tour will focus on the tunnelling war on the Western Front. We will visit four separate tunnel systems, two of which are not usually available for public visitation and each offering a fas…

Sarah Ashbridge - Dog Tags, Grave Registration & Identifying the Fallen

Sarah Ashbridge - Dog Tags, Grave Registration & Identifying the Fallen

Dog Tags, Grave Registration & Identifying the Fallen 1914 - 1920. Details coming soon!

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Andy Prada - Tunnelling in the Loos Salient

Andy Prada - Tunnelling in the Loos Salient

Andy Prada has amassed a huge amount of knowledge on tunnelling and engineering in the Loos Salient, particularly through his association with The Durand Group.  This will be a an interesting talk on an usual perspective to the Great War.  It will also be of great interest to anyone going, or thinking of going, on the tour in September - more details available at the talk.   His seminal film: "One…

Non-HAW Event - Jim Radford

Non-HAW Event - Jim Radford

For anyone who missed Jim Radford's talk on his experiences in the D-Day landings or would like to hear more of his songs then he will be at Baldock Folk Club (the Orange Tree PH) Wednesday July 3rd 7 for 7:30 pm. The club is free to all to come.

Peter Hart - The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front 1918 (1)

Peter Hart - The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front 1918 (1)

Peter is an old friend of the project having given several talks for us. A well known author and speaker, with a style all of his own.  We expect this one to be popular too.Peter has worked as the Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum since 1981, interviewing many veterans of the Great War during his time with the IWM. He is the author of many books on the Great War including publications on G…

Andy Robertshaw - 24 hour trench - life in the front-lines

Andy Robertshaw - 24 hour trench - life in the front-lines

Andy RobertshawSubject: 24 hour trench - life in the front-lines Andy was lead historical consultant for Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse, which he also starred in. He is a regular consultant and on-screen expert for a host of TV and radio shows, including Time Team, The Trench Detectives and Who Do You Think You Are? He has spearheaded numerous archaeological investigations along the We…

Jim Radford - Wartime experiences with a 'rescue tug' in Nomandy and folk songs

Jim Radford - Wartime experiences with a 'rescue tug' in Nomandy and folk songs

Jim Radford (WW2 Veteran)Subject: Wartime experiences with a 'rescue tug' in Nomandy and folk songs Jim, 92, was just fifteen-years-old and a Galley Boy abroad the Rescue Tug ‘Empire Larch’ on 6th June 1944 when the landings took place. Tasked with towing parts of the famous ‘mulberry harbours’ across the channel to the Gold Beach sector, Jim and his comrades remained off the Normandy coast for s…

Dr Rob Thompson - Logistics

Dr Rob Thompson - Logistics

Dr Rob ThompsonSubject: Logistics Rob is a vastly experienced speaker on many Great War subjects. This one promises to be is unusual but fascinating. This important work was undertaken diligently and with care after the end of the war, often using soldiers whose friends and comrades had fallen. Giving this matter some thought - what an unpleasant and physically demanding task, but without it, h…

Steve Roberts - The Battle of the Somme Film

Steve Roberts - The Battle of the Somme Film

Steve RobertsSubject: The Battle of the Somme Film This month we will be joined by well-known military historian Steve Roberts who will analyse and discuss the famous 1916 Geoffrey Malin's film 'the Battle of the Somme'. Steve spent 12 years as a regular soldier serving with the Royal Military Police in a variety of operational theatres. On leaving the Army, he joined the Metropolitan Police and…

Alan King - His Life and Experience in the Second World War

Alan King - His Life and Experience in the Second World War

Alan King - Tank Crew and Normandy VeteranSubject: His Life and Experience in the Second World War This is of a different format for us, one which will prove an interesting experiment and experience. We are lucky enough to have, Alan King, a Second World War veteran, visiting us to tell us of his life and experience in the War. He was a messenger for the Home Guard, called up for service in 1942,…

Ellie Grigsby - The men with broken faces

Ellie Grigsby - The men with broken faces

Ellie GrigsbySubject: The men with broken faces: The spectacle of the loneliest Tommy in the First World WarSubject: The men with broken faces: The spectacle of the loneliest Tommy in the First World War The facially disfigured soldiers of the First World War have been described as the loneliest of all the Tommies. After extensive research, placing these soldiers under the lens for her MA Degree,…

GreatWar100 - Remembering the Great War

GreatWar100 - Remembering the Great War

As we come towards the end of the Great War centenary, the Herts at War team have discussed a number of ways in which we could mark that important date with a talk or a series of talks. We have decided that, after discussions with a number of groups, we are very pleased to work in partnership with the #GreatWar100 initiative to host a one-off two day event in Hertfordshire which would see a number…

Dr Jonathan Boff - The War on the Western Front in 1918

Dr Jonathan Boff - The War on the Western Front in 1918

Dr Jonathan BoffSubject: The War on the Western Front in 1918 Jonathan Boff is a Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches courses on conflict from Homer to Helmand. He specialises in the First World War and his previous book, Winning and Losing on the Western Front: The British Third Army and the Defeat of Germany in 1918 (CUP, 2012) was short-…

Professor Saul David - Battle of Megiddo (Palestine 1918)

Professor Saul David - Battle of Megiddo (Palestine 1918)

Professor Saul DavidSubject: Battle of Megiddo (Palestine 1918) We are very pleased to be joined for this month's talk by author, historian and broadcaster Professor Saul David for his talk 'Battle of Megiddo'. Saul is a well-established and highly regarded name in history and currently works as Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham. Professor David has written on a wide r…

HAW Battlefield Tour August 2018

HAW Battlefield Tour August 2018

Herts At War - Following the Hertfordshire Regiment in 1918 This is the fourth of our centenary tours following the Hertfordshire Regiment.  Come and enjoy expert guiding and good social evenings Tour Itinerary 16 August 2018The tour starts with pick ups from Hertfordshire, Ebbsfleet and Dover before onward travel to France via Dover. En-route to our hotel we visit the Vis-en-Artois Memorial th…

Dan Hill - The Hertfordshire Regiment in 1918'

Dan Hill - The Hertfordshire Regiment in 1918'

Dan HillSubject: The Hertfordshire Regiment in 1918' Hertfordshire native, Dan has always had a real passion for military history and considers himself incredibly fortunate to have worked since 2008 full-time in the field. Originally at the Imperial War Museum. He founded and now leads the Herts at War Project and has also worked free-lance on many local and national military history projects inc…

Indy Neidell - The Eastern Brusilov Offensive

Indy Neidell - The Eastern Brusilov Offensive

Indy NeidellSubject: The Eastern Brusilov Offensive Indy Neidell – Indiana ‘Indy’ Neidell is an American historian and globally recognised Youtube personality, leading the incredibly successful ‘The Great War’ YouTube series which documents the First World War in real-time, combining archival footage and modern research. Originally from Houston, Texas, Indy studied history at Weslyan University a…

HAW Battlefield Tour 2017

HAW Battlefield Tour 2017

Herts Regiment memorial unveiling (St Julien) and the Hertfordshire Regiment in 1917 at St Julien (with partners Battle Honours)   Link to details

Dr Jessica Meyer - The Royal Army Medical Corps in The Great War

Dr Jessica Meyer - The Royal Army Medical Corps in The Great War

Dr Jessica MeyerSubject: The Royal Army Medical Corps in The Great War Highly regarded in history circles, Dr Meyer is a Professor of history at the University of Leeds, where she originally earned both her degree and MPhil, later going on to complete a PhD in modern history at Cambridge University. Jessica’s key areas of research have been into gender and the medical history of the First World w…

Professor Sir Hew Strachan - The US in The Great War

Professor Sir Hew Strachan - The US in The Great War

Professor Sir Hew StrachanSubject: The US in The Great War A household name in military history, Sir Hew has been at the pinnacle of the subject for many years and is a recognised global authority on The Great War. Originally educated at Cambridge University, he has since held postings at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, University of Glasgow and until 2015…

Stuart Hadaway - The Palestine Campaign

Stuart Hadaway - The Palestine Campaign

Stuart HadawaySubject: The Palestine Campaign Stuart is a professional military historian and author specialising in the Egypt and Palestine Campaigns of the Great War. Stuart has authored a number of important works on the subject. A regular speaker in military history circles and an authority on two of the Great War’s lesser-known campaigns, this talk will lift the lid on the personal of experi…

HAW Battlefield Tour May 2018

HAW Battlefield Tour May 2018

Beneath the Western Front Tour SummaryA three-day, two-night unique tour lifting the lid on many unseen aspects of the Great War on theWestern Front. This tour will visit tunnel systems, souterrains and private museums, each offering afascinating glimpse into an aspect of the First World War that you simply cannot see anywhere else. Guided by military historian Dan Hill with additional guiding f…

Dr Stuart Mitchell - The East African Campaign

Dr Stuart Mitchell - The East African Campaign

Dr Stuart MitchellSubject: The East African Campaign A rising star in military history, Stuart is currently senior lecturer of war studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the University of Wolverhampton. He has established a reputation as one of the country’s top historians, particularly in the subject of the Great War. A life-long Aston Villa fan, military history enthusiast and high…

Chris Baker - The German Spring Offensive

Chris Baker - The German Spring Offensive

Chris BakerSubject: The German Spring Offensive Regarded as one of the foremost military history researchers in his field, Chris has probably undertaken more in depth research into the lives of First World War servicemen than any other individual. Chris is a Birmingham native who had a successful career in the world of industry before turning his hand to his real passion, military history. He has…

Dr John Greenacre - Shot at Dawn

Dr John Greenacre - Shot at Dawn

Dr John GreenacreSubject: Shot at Dawn Dr John Greenacre is now a military historian, following a 24-year career in the Army. As a helicopter pilot, he deployed on operations during the Gulf War, to the Balkans and Northern Ireland. He has also worked in Germany, Canada, the Falkland Islands and Kenya in areas from procurement to arms control. John achieved an MA in Military Studies from Cranfiel…

Andrew Lock - Arras

Andrew Lock - Arras

Andrew LockSubject: Arras As the son of a former History teacher, Andy came in to conflict history at a young age, before graduating in Modern Languages and working in hospitality management. Andy’s experience covers a range of subjects and conflicts, including Waterloo, Napoleonic naval conflicts, the Normandy landings and tours in London and Copenhagen, but he specialises in the Great War battl…

Glenn Hearnden - The history and work of the CWGC

Glenn Hearnden - The history and work of the CWGC

Glenn HearndenSubject: The history and work of the CWGC Glenn has a passion for the battlefields and has been visiting them since the mid 1990’s. He has guided tour groups since 2003. He first started guiding military groups on Reality of War exercises. As a regular battlefield guide, he now leads tours for schools, the general public and serving military groups. He has guided tours across both F…

Lieutenant-Colonel Gareth Davies - Tanks in the Great War

Lieutenant-Colonel Gareth Davies - Tanks in the Great War

Lieutenant-Colonel Gareth DaviesSubject: Tanks in the Great War Gareth spent 28 years in the British Army before retiring in 2015. He served as a tank and reconnaissance troop leader commander, CBRN squadron commander, staff officer, and instructor. He has taught at Sandhurst, at the Land Warfare School, and at the Joint Services Command and Staff College; he served twice in the Ministry of Defen…

Alexandra Churchill - Passchendaele

Alexandra Churchill - Passchendaele

Alexandra ChurchillSubject: Passchendaele Alexandra first became involved in military history through contributions, both on screen and through research, on a variety of television documentaries aired from 2009 onwards including 'Fighting the Red Baron', WW1 Tunnels of Death - The Big Dig' and a feature about the Lusitania Disaster. As an impressive and passionate writer, she has produced several…

Max Arthur OBE - Voices of the Great War

Max Arthur OBE - Voices of the Great War

Max Arthur OBESubject: Voices of the Great War Max Arthur is an author who specialises in first-hand recollections of historical events. He has worked closely with the Imperial War Museum to bring together two books in the Forgotten Voices series, Forgotten Voices of the Great War and Forgotten Voices of the Second World War. He has presented two television documentaries: The Brits Who Fought For…

Dan Hill - The Hertfordshire Regiment in 1917

Dan Hill - The Hertfordshire Regiment in 1917

Dan HillSubject: The Hertfordshire Regiment in 1917 Hertfordshire native, Dan has always had a real passion for military history and considers himself incredibly fortunate to have worked since 2008 full-time in the field. Originally at the Imperial War Museum. He founded and now leads the Herts at War Project and has also worked free-lance on many local and national military history projects inclu…

Gordon Corrigan - 3rd Battle of Ypres

Gordon Corrigan - 3rd Battle of Ypres

Gordon CorriganSubject: 3rd Battle of Ypres Major Gordon Corrigan MBE was an officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles before retiring from the Army in 1998. He is now a military historian and the author of numerous books. His television appearances include The Gurkhas, Napoleon’s Waterloo and Battlefield Detectives, and so far, he has presented five series on various aspects of military history. He is…

Professor Gary Sheffield - Gallipoli and the Western Front Compared

Professor Gary Sheffield - Gallipoli and the Western Front Compared

Professor Gary SheffieldSubject: Gallipoli and the Western Front Compared Gary was educated at Raynes Park High School and the University of Leeds (BA 1982, MA by research 1985) and King’s College London (1994). His academic career started in the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985, working alongside colleagues such as Richard Holmes, John Keegan, David Chandler, J…

Mike St Maur Sheil - The Doughboys 1917-18

Mike St Maur Sheil - The Doughboys 1917-18

Mike St Maur SheilSubject:- The Doughboys 1917-18 Mike Sheil is the creator of Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace, an outdoor photographic exhibition, documenting the battlefields of the First World War as they are today which has now been seen by over five million people in eight countries. He will be introducing us to his to latest exhibition entitled The Doughboys 1917-18 which describes the in…

Peter Hart - Air War over Arras

Peter Hart - Air War over Arras

Peter HartSubject: Air War over Arras Peter Hart has worked as the Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum since 1981, interviewing many veterans of the Great War during his time with the IWM. He is the author of many books on the Great War including publications on Gallipoli, the Somme, Jutland and Passchendaele and several on the Air War over the Western Front. Peter is a household name in th…

Richard Van Emden - Meeting the Enemy

Richard Van Emden - Meeting the Enemy

Richard Van EmdenSubject: Meeting the Enemy Richard van Emden is a well-known historian of the Great War, having interviewed 270 veterans and written, so far, twelve books. He was born in Nottingham in 1965, and read Politics at Newcastle University, subsequently taking his MA and MPhil at the University of Reading. He trained as a journalist and worked in London for two years before going to Col…

Clive Harris - Verdun

Clive Harris - Verdun

Clive HarrisSubject: Verdun Clive served in the Royal Signals and with Hertfordshire Constabulary before embarking on a career in military history in 1998. In addition to the publication of “Walking the London Blitz”,” Wander through Wartime London” and “The Greater Game” he has contributed to Time Team, Time Watch, Blitz Spirit and CBS’s Legacy of War. His specialist battlefield subjects are The…

Peter Barton - The Somme - From both sides of the wire

Peter Barton - The Somme - From both sides of the wire

Peter BartonSubject: The Somme - From both sides of the wire Peter Barton is an historian and writer on First World War matters, and a film-maker and broadcaster producing and presenting historical documentaries for television and festivals. From 2002 to 2013, he was secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group. He works as a consultant with the French and Belgian institutes of Arc…

Jeremy Banning - La Boiselle - Underground War

Jeremy Banning - La Boiselle - Underground War

Jeremy BanningSubject: La Boiselle - Underground War Jeremy Banning is a military historian and researcher specialising in the underground warfare and The Battle of Arras. He has collaborated on a number of books with Peter Barton, as well as acting as principal researcher for other books, radio and television programmes. He appeared in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? when he showed comedian…

Andy Robertshaw - The attack on Beaumont Hamel

Andy Robertshaw - The attack on Beaumont Hamel

Andy RobertshawSubject: The attack on Beaumont Hamel Andy was lead historical consultant for Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse, which he also starred in. He is a regular consultant and on-screen expert for a host of TV and radio shows, including Time Team, The Trench Detectives and Who Do You Think You Are?He has spearheaded numerous archaeological investigations along the Western Front an…

Alan Wakefield - Salonika - The Forgotten Front

Alan Wakefield - Salonika - The Forgotten Front

Alan WakefieldSubject: Salonika - The Forgotten Front Alan was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire in 1968. He graduated from the University of Reading in 1990 with a degree in History and followed this with an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. Having worked as a curator at the National Maritime Museum and RAF Museum, Alan qualified with an MA in Museum Studies from University College Lon…

Professor Peter Doyle - Kitchener's Mob

Professor Peter Doyle - Kitchener's Mob

Professor Peter DoyleSubject: Kitchener's Mob Peter Doyle specialises in the understanding of military terrain, with special reference to the two world wars. He is also an author specialising in the British experience of war, and the material culture of war. A member of the British Commission of Military History, and secretary of the Parliamentary All Party War Graves and Battlefield Heritage Gro…

HAW Battlefield Tour 2016

HAW Battlefield Tour 2016

'Herts Guards' in 1916 (with partners Battle Honours)   Link to details

HAW Battlefield Tour 2015

HAW Battlefield Tour 2015

The 'Herts Guards' on the Western Front during 1915. (with partners Battle Honours)   Link to details