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Join the Defence Studies Department for a talk by bestselling military historian Dr Nick Lloyd on his new publication The Western Front, the first volume of a major three-volume history of the First World War.


Drawing upon the latest scholarship on the war, wrongly overlooked first-person accounts, and archival material from every angle, Lloyd examines the most decisive campaigns of the Great War and explains the achievements that have been too long obscured by legends of mud, blood and futility. Far from being an arena of static, stale attrition - and despite mistakes and wrong turns along the way - the Western Front was a 'cauldron of war' that saw unprecedented innovation, adaptation and tactical development.

Lloyd conveys the visceral assault of the battlefield, and skilfully moves the focus in and out, giving both the bigger picture and telling detail. He recreates the decision-making and experiences of the war as it was at the time as well as with hindsight, and in doing so redefines our understanding of this crucial theatre in this monumental tragedy.



Dr Nick Lloyd is Reader in Military & Imperial History in the Defence Studies Department. He joined the department in 2007 and is currently Academic Director of the RAF Division. Nick has written widely on military and imperial history in the era of the Great War and has published four books including the bestselling Passchendaele: A New History (Viking, 2017). This was shortlisted for the British Army Military Book of the Year, the Military History Monthly Book of the Year, and was chosen as one of the Telegraph's '50 Best Books of 2017'.


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