Making a welcome return to Chesterfield will be our former Chairman / Secretary, Peter Hodgkinson, who will explain the Battle of Selle in October 1918.
Dr Peter Hodgkinson is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who obtained his PhD in the Department of War Studies, University of Birmingham. He is the author of British Infantry Commanders in the First World War, 'Glum Heroes' - Hardship, Fear and Death - Resilience and Coping in the British Army on the Western Front, and The Battle of The Selle - Fourth Army Operations on the Western Front in the Hundred Days.
The battle of the Selle, 17-25 October 1918, saw the British force the Germans out of a new defensive line along the River Selle that they had been forced to take up being forced out of the Hindenburg Line. The Battle of the Selle proves a good example of an infantry battle, won by dogged perseverance and skilled infantry work, and good leadership. Peter will cover this and more. The fighting on Fourth Army front, between Le Cateau and the Andigny Forest, is the subject of Peter’s third book, to be published in in 2017.
This months speaker - Peter Hodgkinson
Location: Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate. (Entrance to Club 'free' car park is on Tennyson Ave reached via St Margaret's Drive from Saltergate direction (one way system) Members of The Western Front Association and non-members are equally welcome to attend. We ask for a modest £3 donation on the door to assist in covering room charges and speaker expenses, The Club licensed bar is available for use by all attending our meetings. Please note: as we use a private club's premises on your first visit we will ask you to complete a temporary club membership form at our Welcome desk. This is required to fulfill the Club's Licensing Regulations and is regardless of whether or not you will use the bar. The annual one-off cost is covered by the branch out of your donation. After the speakers talk there is a Q&A session with the speaker, followed by a raffle, raffle tickets can be purchased at the door for £1 per ticket.). Any new visitors will be assured of a welcoming and friendly atmosphere among a group of like-minded enthusiasts.
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