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News From The Fronts: High Noon in The West

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Course: News From The Fronts: High Noon in The West
Tutor: Mike Shaw
Start Date: 22nd May 2018
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £54.00 What's included?

Military Historian in residence, Brigadier (Ret’d) Mike Shaw, continues his series of day courses entitled “ News from the Fronts” covering events of the Great War exactly one hundred years after their occurrence. The series comprises standalone day courses and is delivered at a frequency of about one day course every two months throughout the centenary period. All sessions are self-contained and courses may be attended individually or as a series.

By late Spring 1918 the Kaiser’s armies appeared everywhere triumphant. In the East the implosion of Russia had led to the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and the sequestration of the Ukraine into the German war effort. In the West Operations Michael, Georgette and latterly Blucher had broken the mould of trench warfare and got within artillery range of Paris. Yet the Allies still hung on, now under the unifying command of Generalissimo Foch. But the offensives had cost all parties dear, none more so than the young men of the German Storm Divisions. Meanwhile the German Home Front was reduced to starvation rations. The course will consider the reasons why May-June proved to be the tipping point in the war.

Mike’s military history courses are on the following dates:

18 July, 5 September, 21 October, 6 January, 17 March & 22 May. 

Book all six of Mike Shaw’s military history courses at the same tiume and save £4 on each.
 

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Mike Shaw

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Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for over 30 years and has been a keen historian all his life. As an ex-senior officer he has an insider's view on how both Whitehall and the military make their decisions. He is an expert on how technology and tactics interact - more importantly however, is the way he tells the story!

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