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Lecture | The Cost of Unreadiness: The Black Watch 1919-1939

Lecture | The Cost of Unreadiness: The Black Watch 1919-1939

Thu, Jul. 25, 2019 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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Trevor Royle will give a lecture on The Black Watch from 1919 to 1939.  As had happened throughout Britain’s history the conclusion of hostilities in November 1918 brought a rapid reduction in defence expenditure. Following the post-war election, won by the Liberals, David Lloyd George’s government introduced a Ten Year Rule to govern defence spending. Under this legislation expenditure on the armed forces was planned on the assumption there would be no major war for ten years and it was extended annually until 1932. Equipment was not renewed and under the Geddes Axe of 1920 (named after Sir Auckland Geddes, chairman of the Committee on National Expenditure.) manpower levels were reduced to make further savings. Like the rest of the British Army, The Black Watch was not immune from any of these changes and would pay the price when it went to war again in September 1939.

Trevor Royle is the author of several works of military history, his latest book being Facing the Bear: Scotland and the Cold War. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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

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