One hundred years ago to the day, the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, finally came to an end. This illustrated presentation by popular historian, author, and Somme expert Andrew Robertshaw reconsiders the 141 days of the battle in the context of 1916. The talk will examine the role of politicians, the generals, international politics, and the knowledge and technology of the middle of the Great War. It will consider the myths and reality of 1916 in addition to tackling 'Lions and Donkeys' and 'Butchers and Bunglers.’ Was the battle the bloodiest of the war? Was nothing learned? Was the outcome 'futile'?
Advance booking required. Talks last for approximately 45 minutes with a short time for questions. Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the evening talks. Wine and juice are available to purchase at evening talks.
Friday 18 November 2016, 7.00pm - 8.00pm
£6 Adults | £4 Friends
Image: Andrew Robertshaw, local historian and author
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