For some ten years now I have given the December talk to the Heart of England Branch of the Western Front Association in Warwick. Meetings start at 7.45pm, all are welcome. Here are the details of my talks for 2015 and 2016.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
The battle that never was: the British landing on the Belgian coast, 1917
“Operation Hush” (surely a codename straight from the imagination of General Melchett) was a battle that never took place. Plans were made for an audacious British attack against the German-held coast of Belgium. A large force was assembled; specialist training began; and landing craft and other equipment were specially developed. Chris explains the background to the operation and why this early version of “D-Day” never materialised.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
The battle of Muckle Flugga: where Germany really lost the war
The fact that there was a naval blockade of trade going to Germany is well-known, but much less is generally understood about how it was carried out and what effect it had. In this ground-breaking talk, Chris explores how early British improvisation turned into a global network of naval and trade co-operation against the Kaiser’s Empire.
Details of the branch and the location of the meeting can be found at http://www.wfaheartofengland.org.uk/