The Gunners on the Western Front, 1914-1918

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A lecture by the Rt Hon Lord Hutton of Furness, Chairman, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.Rt Hon Lord Hutton of Furness

Histories of the Great War often reduce the role of the artillery to a few paragraphs, which has created a seriously distorted impression of the reality of the fighting. In his lecture, Lord Hutton will tell the story of the First World War as the gunners themselves saw it, focussing on the first few months of warfare which were fundamental to the conduct of the campaign.

The gunners may not have always shared the trench experiences of the infantry in the front line, but they were in the thick of the action and success or failure depended on them. Drawing on the personal testimonies of those who served with and supported the guns, Lord Hutton will provide a vital insight into the colossal tragedy and drama of the war from the artilleryman’s perspective.

The Rt Hon Lord Hutton of Furness was ennobled in the Dissolution Honours List of May 2010 and officially took his seat in the House of Lords on 1 July 2010. John Hutton served as the Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness from 1992 to 2010 and held several Cabinet positions between 2005 and 2009. He was Secretary of State for Defence from 2008 to 2009 and published his first book on military history in 2008, Kitchener’s Men - The King’s Own Royal Lancasters on the Western Front 1915-18 (Pen and Sword Books, 2008). He was appointed Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in July 2010.

Lord Hutton will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, 'The Gunners of August 1914: Baptism of Fire (Pen and Sword: October 2014), which will be on sale.

The lecture is followed by a drinks reception from 1900 to 2000.

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