War Talks at PCL – The Full Picture

At long last, I am able to confirm the full programme of War Talks at PCL for 2017 as follows:

Tuesday 4th July 2017 – Dr Matthew Ford (University of Sussex).  Dr Ford spoke on the subject, ‘Is it Gucci? What small arms can tell us about the military’s attitude to innovation and adaptation’.

Tuesday 25th July 2017 – Lt Gen (Ret’d) Sir John Kiszely KCB MC.  Lt Gen Kiszely spoke on the subject, ‘The British Campaign in Norway, 1940: Lessons for Today’.

Tuesday 12 September 2017 – Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton).  Professor Sheffield will speak on the subject, ‘The Duke of Wellington and the Tradition of British Generalship’.

Tuesday 26 September 2017 – Dr Stuart Mitchell & Dr James Kitchen (RMAS).  Drs Mitchell and Kitchen will speak on the subject, ‘Historical Perspectives on Contemporary British Army Doctrine’.

Tuesday 3 October 2017 – Dr Dan Todman (Queen Mary University London).  Dr Todman will speak on the subject, ‘a flat spin about the flying bombs’ – the ‘V’ Weapon Offensive and Allied Reactions, June – September 1944′.

Tuesday 10 October 2017 – Dr Jacqueline Hazelton (US Naval War College).  Dr Hazelton will speak on the subject, ‘Counterinsurgency: Fighting for a Better Peace’.

Tuesday 7 November 2017 – Dr John Greenacre (University of Suffolk).  Dr Greenacre will speak on the subject, ‘Flexible Enough to Adapt’: British Airborne Forces’ Experience during Post-Conflict Operations 1944-46′.

Wednesday 29 November 2017 – Maj (Ret’d) Mike Peters (Chairman of the Guild of Battlefield Guides).  Maj Peters will speak on the subject, ‘How to plan and deliver Battlefield Studies effectively’.

The final addition to the Talk series has been the talk by Drs Mitchell and Kitchen of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  Dr Stuart Mitchell has an MA in the History of Warfare from King’s College London and a PhD from the University of Birmingham.  He is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at RMAS.  Stuart’s PhD was entitled ‘An inter-disciplinary study of learning at the divisional level of the British Army on the Western Front 1916-18’.  He has contributed to several books and has published many articles in academic journals and is an editor of the British Journal of Military History.  Dr James Kitchen was formerly a Lecturer in International History at University College Dublin and is currently a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at RMAS.  James has published on the military and cultural history of the First World War in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the British Army’s campaigns in Egypt and Palestine.  He regularly gives papers at conferences and seminars.  Each will deliver a 40 minute talk on the subject and questions will be taken at the end, they have requested that their Talk be delivered under Chatham House rules to enable greater debate and for this reason access will be strictly limited.  Their Talk will be given on Tuesday 26 September 2017 from 1800 hrs.

I am now actively seeking academics, soldier-scholars, and experts from the wider Defence and International Relations communities to deliver talks during the period January – July 2018.  I am particularly keen to encourage female and ethnic minority speakers to volunteer to come and speak to the Army; diversity is a strength.  If any readers of this Blog have suggestions for subjects or possible speakers please contact me either by commenting here or by messaging me on Twitter.  I look forward to seeing many of you at Professor Sheffield’s talk on Tuesday, 12th September ’17.

All the best,


One thought on “War Talks at PCL – The Full Picture

  1. Hi Sir,

    I enjoy reading your blog and like you I’m come from the rank and file. I have served two countries and knowing what I know now in my current job. I wish I hadn’t got off bloody plane in Oz back in 98 or I had taken my leave after East Timor 99- 00 (INTERFET) from the RAAF’s No2 Airfield Defence Squadron used my letter from my old NZ Army unit (NZ Scots SQN RNZAC) unit to join one of our two sister regiments (but a couple of my parents friends had other ideas for me such being a bootneck “rather be a dirt dart than bob around in tin can waiting for someone to stick something/ missile up my date” join the light infantry ” rather be in a leek eating or a jock infantry regiment if I couldn’t join a Cavalry/ Armoured regiment “). As I’m now in a infortunate situation at work as known more about our new role as a Security Force Squadron than my SNCO’s and Flight commanders at the local SEC FLT, because I want learn from the pass and what the future will bring from a ground defence, security and intelligence pov.

    Which brings me to my question. Do you have any podcasts from these talks or a link to them as they sound rather interesting?

    As I want to keep learning and not stand still like a Emu with its head in the dirt or like a hairy wombat smelling it own another wombats ass and living in a burrow like my SNCO’s and my officers who just want to tick boxes etc.

    Cheers for now and keep up the good work.

    As my old SSM use to say cavalrymen don’t stand still waiting for something to happen, you make it happen unless you are standing in my office or the OC’s office for being a naughty boy then you got something to worry about!


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