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Lecture | The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids: 23rd April 1918

Lecture | The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids: 23rd April 1918

Thu, Apr. 26, 2018 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum Lecture Series

To mark the centenary of the Ostend and Zeebrugee Raids of 23rd April 1918 Dr Andrew Gordon will discuss the strategic situation with particular reference to the U-boat war in 1917-18, the gate-keeping role of the Dover Patrol with its huge defensive minefields, the role of Bruges as a naval base and the two canals connecting it to the North Sea.  Dr Gordon will also look at the impact of the The German Army’s 1918 spring offensive (Kaiserschlacht) along with the key commanders, the plan to block the canals entrances at Zeebrugge and Ostend and the execution - “St George for England!” and outcomes.

Dr Andrew Gordon is currently a Reader of Naval History in the Defence Studies Department at the Defenrce Academy, Shrivenham.  He was educated at Glenalmond College then the University of Wales where he read International Politics.  His second degree was a PhD in War Studies at King's College, University of London.  He has been an honorary fellow of the Centre for Maritime Historical Studies at Exeter University since 1996, is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Councillor of the Navy Records Society. Andrew was in the consultation loop for the revision of British Maritime Doctrine (BR 1806) and Fighting Instructions.  He is a regular lecturer to 'Maritime Warfare', and 'COs Design' courses at the Maritime Warfare Centre in HMS Dryad. He has been a recipient of the Westminster Medal for Military Literature, and the Longman, History Today Book of the Year prize and has been the winner of book prizes for: The Rules of the Game, Jutland and British Naval Command. He is also the Royal Australian Navy's visiting 'Synnott' lecturer 2001. He was Distinguished Chair or Naval Heritage, at US Naval Academy 2007-2009 and Archival Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge, Sep-Dec 2009. He is a former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, and has the Reserve Decoration.

6.30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7.00pm lecture commences
£9 non-members | £7 Friends
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