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Templer Best First Book Prize awarded to SSPP academic

The annual Templer First Book Prize has been awarded to King’s Dr Aimée Fox for her publication looking at learning, innovation and change during the First World War.

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I could not be happier with how Learning to Fight has been received - both inside and outside the academy. As a female historian working in a male-dominated field, the award of this prize means a good deal to me and, more importantly, recognises the importance of diverse voices to the future of military history.– Dr Aimée Fox

Dr Aimée Fox, who is a lecturer in the Defence Studies Department, was delighted to win the Templer First Book Prize for Learning to Fight, Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914–1918.

The book, which is focused around a series of case studies and which critiques existing approaches to military learning in wartime, was also awarded the 2018 British Army Military Book of the Year.

The Templer First Book Prize and the Templer Medal Book Prize are awarded each year by the Society for Army Historical Research (SAHR).

Dr John Peaty, Chair of the judges, said: "Aimee's book won because it was well researched and well written, shed new and interesting light on the subject and showed much promise for the future."

The annual awards were set up in 1981 to commemorate the life and achievements of Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer. The winners of the 2018 awards were announced on 9 April this year at the Society's Annual General Meeting.