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Lecture | The Tanks: From The Somme To Cambrai: The Arduous Road To Victory

Lecture | The Tanks: From The Somme To Cambrai: The Arduous Road To Victory

Tue, Jun. 13, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series

In less than two years between January 1916 and November 1917 the British tanks went from the first tank “Mother”, through their first and modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in September 1916, the disaster of Bullecourt in April 1917 and the mud of Flanders in the summer and autumn 1917 to, arguably, the first modern battle of history, the Battle of Cambrai. A combination of tanks, artillery, infantry, including 1/6th and 1/7th Black Watch in 51st Highland Division, aircraft smashed their way through the formidable defences of the Hindenburg Line on the morning of 20 November.

Lecturer Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Geoffrey Vesey Holt MBE was a regular officer in the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) and a graduate ofDurham University in Modern History and of the French Staff College. He served in 1 RTR and thenspecialised in the Weapons Acquisition Stream and, not surprisingly, the acquisition of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs). He currently working on the  RTR’s commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 (the first tanks were used in 1916 and first tank to tank action was in 1918); writing two volumes of the history of the Tank Corps covering 1918; running pro bono battlefield tours and giving lectures

6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences
£9 non-members | £7 Friends
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