Revisiting Churchill’s Army: New Directions in the Study of the British Army in the Second World War

Revisiting Churchill’s Army: New Directions in the Study of the British Army in the Second World War

Arts Building, University of Birmingham

Friday 14 September 2012

Conference Organiser – Dr Jonathan Boff

1942 saw the British Army at its worst and at its best, with triumph at El Alamein following close upon disaster at Tobruk and Singapore. Seventy years on, this symposium aims to explore growing academic interest in the British Army during the Second World War. What is the state of current research? Where do we go from here? These are some of the questions this symposium seeks to address.


09.30-10.00 – Registration & Coffee

10.00-12.00 – New Research: Command and Strategy

10.00-10.30 – Dr Marcus Faulkner (King’s College London)

The Army and the Maritime War: Contingency Planning and Operations in the Atlantic Theatre, 1940-1943

10.30-11.00 – Dr Christopher Mann (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)

Not what pugilists call “good finishers”: The Eighth Army’s Command and Conduct of Operations in Tunisia, March-May 1943

11.00-11.30 – Professor Russell Hart (Hawaii Pacific University)

Churchill’s Generals’ Private Wars: Command Friction Between Senior British Ground Force Commanders and their Allied Counterparts in Normandy, June-July 1944

11.30-12.00 – Questions

12.00-13.00 – Sandwich Lunch

13.00-14.30 – New Researchers: Empire and Commonwealth

13.00-13.20 – Alexander Wilson (PhD Student, King’s College London)

The Indian Army in Africa, 1939-41

13.20-13.40 – Iain Johnston (PhD Student, Christ’s Church College, University of Cambridge)

The Dominions in the Desert War

13.40-14.00 – Tim Hicks (University of Birmingham)

Churchill’s Neglected Army: The Indian Army in History

14.00-14.30 – Questions

14.30-14.45 Break

14.45-15.45 – Keynote Lecture: Dr Dan Todman (Queen Mary, University of London)

Men, machines and memory: the British army in the Second World War

15.45-16.15 – Tea

16.15-17.45 – Round Table Discussion: New Directions

Dr Jonathan Fennell (King’s College London)

Dr Stephen Hart (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)

Dr John Peaty (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)

Professor Gary Sheffield (University of Birmingham)

17.45 – Close

More information, including details of how to register, can be found here.

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