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We are very pleased to announce the return of our successful series of military talks due to launch in September 2017. Held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. These talks will 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
As with all our talks, the Herts at War 2017/18 series will be FREE to attend, although as a non-profit organisation your donations are welcome. All talks will commence at 7.30pm with arrival from 7pm.  

Check out the fantastic line-up of acclaimed speakers we have booked below!

Useful links:
Printable (abbreviated) Programme - Full details and updates appear below.
Location map for campus and the lecture theatre (Room N001 opposite the internal entrance to the Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield
Always book because you will need a car park pass if you are driving and we need to know numbers.  A pass will be sent shortly after booking, unless too close to the date in which case please contact jontywild@hertsatwar.co.uk.


Wednesday 20th September 2017 - Max Arthur OBE - 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 Spain (2008-9), for The History Channel UK and Dambusters for Optimum Releasing. Arthur was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to military history. Prior to becoming a writer, he served with the Royal Air Force and for some years was an actor.
 

Max will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:


Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Alexandra Churchill - 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 books, about the Great War history of her beloved Chelsea FC, another chronicling the experience of the boys of Eton School during the First World War, the well known and highly regarded 'Somme - 141 Days, 141 Lives' and most recently, 'Passchendaele - 103 Days in Hell'. Alexandra is also currently working on a Biography of George V and his time during the Great War. A rising star of military history, this is sure to be a talk not to miss. 


Alexandra will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 
7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/passchendaele-by-alexandra-churchill-tickets-37095039261?aff=erelpanelorg


Wednesday 15th November 2017 - Lieutenant-Colonel Gareth Davies - 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 Defence, in the Operations area and the Equipment Capability area; and his last job in the Army was as a doctrine writer.  He has served on operations in the Balkans and the Middle East.  He is a graduate of Advanced Command and Staff Course and he has a Master’s Degree in Defence Studies from Kings College London. Gareth is a keen student of twentieth-century warfare and he regularly speaks to groups and leads tours.  His interests include command, learning, and technology; the Great War in France & Flanders, Italy and Palestine; Second World War combined arms actions of 1944 and 1945; and tanks – because a day without a tank is a day wasted. His first book, on tanks in 1917, will be published by Helion in 2018.  


Gareth will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tanks-in-the-great-war-by-gareth-davies-tickets-37095147585?aff=erelpanelorg

Wednesday 13th December 2017 - Glenn Hearnden - The history and work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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 First and Second World War battlefield sites. With a previous working career with the Royal British Legion and the Imperial War Museums, Glenn now works for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as a Manager within their engagement team. Glenn has a real passion for history and an immense knowledge of the subject. this, coupled with a genuine desire to remember the experience of those who served, and fell int he Great War, makes him a fascinating speaker and his talk on the history of the CWGC certainly not one to miss. Outside of military history and battlefield tours, Glenn’s interests are running and keeping fit.  He is married with two children and lives in Cambridge


Glenn will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/history-work-of-the-commonwealth-war-graves-commission-by-glenn-hearnden-tickets-37095368245


Wednesday 17th January 2018 - Andrew Lock - 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 battlefields of the Western Front, working full-time as a Battlefield guide, sharing his passion and expertise on the subject in a lively and engaging way. Andy holds a Masters Degree in Britain and the History of the Great War from the University of Wolverhampton. 

Andy will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 
7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arras-by-andrew-lock-tickets-37095332137


Wednesday 21st February 2018 - Dr John Greenacre - 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 Cranfield (the Royal Military College of Science) and was awarded his PhD in History from the University of Leeds.
John is a part-time lecturer at Suffolk University and was appointed the Suffolk Centenary Coordinator in 2013, responsible for coordinating outreach activity centred on the centenary of the First World War. This includes academic, community and educational outreach activity across Suffolk with particular emphasis on working with schools throughout the county. He also works as a Battlefield Guide throughout Europe and has authored several books on military history. 

John will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 
7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shot-at-dawn-by-dr-john-greenacre-tickets-37095466539

Wednesday 21st March 2018 - Chris Baker - 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 previously been the chairman of the Western Front Association and founded and runs the incredibly successful 'Long Long Trail' website. Chris has written two books on the Great War, “The Battle for Flanders: German defeat on the Lys, April 1918” and 'The Truce: the Day the War Stopped'. Both have been highly acclaimed. Chris will be talking to us about the pivotal battles that began on 21st MArch 1918 with a German offensive that very nearly changed the course of history. 
Chris will be speaking at The Large Lecture Theatre (adjacent to Weston Auditorium), University of Hertfordshire, De Havilland Campus, Herts, AL10 9EU. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm. To book your FREE ticket or for further enquiries please visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-offensive-by-chris-baker-tickets-37095522707





 

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