Mapping the First World War

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A lecture by Dr Peter Chasseaud FRGS, writer and historian of the First World War.Mapping the First World War

The First World War was, more than any other conflict, a war of maps. From military plans and trench maps, right through to the commercial maps given away with the newspapers of the day, thousands of maps were produced to chart the war's progress. New developments in aerial photography allowed both sides to develop sophisticated plans of the zones behind enemy lines, revolutionising military planning. Drawing on the vast First World War cartographic collection of the Imperial War Museum, Dr Chasseaud will offer a new perspective of the Great War on sea, land and air.

Dr Peter Chasseaud FRGS has for fifty years taken a keen interest in the First World War. His doctoral thesis took the form of a comparative study of British, French and German survey and mapping in that conflict. He has written several books on the subject, including: Topography of Armageddon; Artillery's Astrologers: A History of British Survey and Mapping on the Western Front; Rats Alley: Trench Names of the Western Front, 1914-1918 and Grasping Gallipoli: Terrain, Maps and Failure at the Dardanelles, 1915 (with Peter Doyle), as well as selected and edited DVDs of trench maps from the collections of the Imperial War Museum and The National Archives.

Dr Chasseaud will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book entitled ‘Mapping the First World War’ (HarperCollins: November 2013), which will be on sale.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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