News From The Fronts: Kaiserschlacht – The Emperor’s Battle

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Course: News From The Fronts: Kaiserschlacht – The Emperor’s Battle
Tutor: Mike Shaw
Start Date: 17th March 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.

In early Spring 1918 the Western Allies were exhausted. While Petain had gradually nursed the French Army back to health and restored its confidence with limited but successful attacks at Verdun and the Chemin des Dames, the British were still licking their wounds after Passchendaele. The political classes in both nations also tacitly agreed to await the arrival of the Americans in strength. Under these circumstances Ludendorff had planned a German Spring offensive to split the allied armies and hence defeat them in detail. The first blow would fall on ‘Der Tag’- 21 March 1918. The course will consider why and how the Germans succeeded in breaking the mould of trench warfare where all prior attempts by the Allies had failed. 


Mike’s military history courses in this programme 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 time 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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