A lecture by Dr Simon Robbins, Senior Archivist, Imperial War Museum, commemorating the life of Field Marshal Earl Haig of Bemersyde and the forces he commanded.
General Sir Henry Horne served as Haig's Artillery Advisor during the First World War and then commanded the 2nd Division, XV Corps and First Army. Apart from a brief spell in the Middle East, Horne spent the entire war on the Western Front. He worked closely with Haig, especially in the final year of the war, and was one of his key army commanders. In his lecture, Dr Simon Robbins will discuss how their working relationship played an important role in the Allied victory.
Dr Simon Robbins is a Senior Archivist in the Department of Research at the Imperial War Museum, having studied History at Nottingham University and War Studies at King's College London. He is the author of numerous publications, including: British Generalship on the Western Front, 1914-18: Defeat Into Victory (runner-up for the 2004 Templer Medal); The First World War Letters of General Lord Horne; British Generalship during the Great War: The Military Career of Sir Henry Horne (1861-1929); co-author of Staff Officer, the Diaries of Walter Guinness (First Lord Moyne), 1914-18; Haig’s Generals and Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (runner-up for the 2013 Templer Medal). His book, Dirty Wars: A Century of Counterinsurgency, is due to be published in 2015. He is currently working on British Army Training on the Western Front 1914-1918, which will be published by Helion in 2016.
The audience are invited to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the mounted memorial to Field Marshal Earl Haig at 1400 in Whitehall.
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