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Professor Gary Sheffield launches series of lectures in commemoration of the First World War

PUBLISHED: 12:19 24 June 2014 | UPDATED: 12:20 24 June 2014

Professor Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton

Professor Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton

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Author launches series of commemorative lectures

Professor Gary Sheffield, TV & radio broadcaster, academic and acclaimed author will be presenting the first in a series of lectures organised by ‘Marlow Remembers WW1’ in commemoration of the First World War.

Entitled ‘The British Army on the Western Front: The difficult road to Victory 1914-18’, the lecture is at 8pm on 18 July at Liston Hall in Marlow, Bucks.

Tickets, including light refreshments, cost £5and are available from the societies’ new website www.marlowww1.org.uk/tickets, or purchased from Marlow Information Centre, Institute Road, Marlow, 01628 481717.

In this lecture, which is the first of the Society’s series of events covering the First World War years, Professor Sheffield will examine the British army on the Western Front. He will look at the reasons why it was so difficult to break through the trench lines, and the bloody learning process that the army underwent. He attacks the idea that the army was composed of ‘lions led by donkeys’, and will shows how, by the Hundred Days length battles of 1918, it had emerged as a formidable fighting force that took the lead in defeating the German army.

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