Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45

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Thursday 30 June 2005 from 1245 – 1400 (Sandwich Lunch from 1215)

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies would like to invite you to attend a Members' lecture to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe (VE Day) and Victory over Japan (VJ Day) on the subject of ‘Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-45' by Sir Max Hastings.

One of the greatest military feats during the Second World War was the transformation of the German force's activities in the weeks following the battles in Holland and the German border, where the Allies had finally inflicted the greatest catastrophes of modern war on them. Somehow the Germans found the strength to halt the Allied advance on its tracks and prolonged the war to 1945. This book is the epic story of those last eight months of the war in northern Europe.

Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster who contributes regularly to Britain's Daily Mail and Sunday Telegraph, and is the author of nineteen books, of which the most recent is Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-45 (Pan, 2005). Educated at Charterhouse and University College, Oxford, he spent most of his early years as a foreign correspondent, reporting eleven conflicts, notably including Vietnam and the 1982 Falklands War. He was editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph from 1986 to 1995, then of the London Evening Standard until 2002. He has received many awards both for his books and his reporting. He has presented many British TV documentaries, recently including the series Winston's War. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, London, he is President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. His latest book Warriors (HarperCollins, 2005) has just been published.


This event is open to RUSI Members only. 


If you would like to take part please contact: 

Jane Davenport
Events Manager
Tel: +44 (020) 7747 2615


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