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Lecture | John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough

Lecture | John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough

Thu, May. 30, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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When picking a list of the great Captains of History, John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, will surely feature in most people’s top ten.  In his talk Charles Grant will briefly cover Marlborough’s early years before concentrating on the four battles that made Marlborough famous; Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet.  He will use these big battles to illustrate why he believes Marlborough should rank as one of those great Captains drawing from them examples of Marlborough’s strategic, operational and tactical genius.  Charles’ visits to all four battlefields have helped him to better understand the subtleties of the ground that Marlborough was so well able to exploit.  He will touch on other related aspects of Marlborough’s style including personal example, coalition operations, logistics and sieges.  In his own words Charles says, “In the time available I can only give a flavour of this the first great Churchill, but hopefully it will be enough to encourage further reading.”

Brigadier (Retd) Charles Grant OBE was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) in 1968.  Various appointments as a Major included Chief of Staff of a brigade in Northern Ireland where he was awarded the MBE for the latter.  He commanded the 3rd Battalion of the Ulster Defence Regiment and was awarded the OBE.  He was promoted to Brigadier and commanded of 51st Highland Brigade in Perth.  His last appointment in the Army was as the Director Land Warfare until June 2002 when he retired from the Army to take up the appointment of Chief Executive of the Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. He retired from this post after five years in 2007 to pursue other interests.  He has had a number of books published on military history and wargaming and enjoys battlefield tours.  Brigadier Grant is a Vice President of Combat Stress (the Ex-Servicemen’s Mental Welfare Society) and a Trustee of the Army Museums Ogilby Trust. He is the historian for the 51st Highland Division website.

6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences

£10 non-members | £8 Friends | reservation recommended | 01738 638152 Ex 201