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This is the third collaboration between the Institute’s Military History Circle (MHC) and the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG).


0950 Registration and Morning Coffee

1020 Introductory Remarks by John Hughes-Wilson, Associate Fellow, RUSI & President, Guild of Battlefield Guides

1030 The Wehrmacht on D-Day
Patrick Hinchy
An intriguing insight into the realities of the situation on 6th June, 1944.

1115 ‘The Longest Retreat’- Burma, 1942
Graham Dunlop
The defeat and the implications of the loss of Burma.

1200 ‘Colossus to Varsity’
John Greenacre
The development of the British Airborne tactical doctrine in World War Two.

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1245 Buffet Lunch

1345 'Fields of Battle' – The Western Front, 1918-2008
Mike St Maur Sheil
A pictorial overview of the Western Front, 90 years after the Armistice.

1430 'Out of Ammunition, God Save the King' - Battle for the Bridge at Arnhem, 1944
Brian Shaw
A presentation on the taking and defence of the northern end of the Bridge at Arnhem, 17-20 September, 1944.

1515 Afternoon Tea and Coffee

1535 The Pitfalls of Military Publishing
Andrew Hayward & Ian Drury

1620 Closing Remarks by Professor Richard Holmes, Patron, Guild of Battlefield Guides & Professor of Military and Security Studies, Cranfield University at Shrivenham

1700 Conference Close

The fee of £15.50 includes related documents, lunch and refreshments.

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