Dr. Bryn Hammond will present the Great War career of Lieutenant General George Montague Harper who began the war as a Colonel in the role of Deputy Director of Military Operations at GHQ. In early 1915 he was given command of 17th Brigade followed later in the year with command of 51st (Highland) Division. Despite the division being known initially as "Harper's Duds", it was later described as "one of the two or three best divisions in France" under his leadership. The men of the division gave him the nickname 'uncle'. He was promoted to GOC IV Corps just two weeks before the German Kaiserschlacht offensive in March 1918. In December 1922 he died as the result of a car accident. Bryn is Head of Collections at Imperial War Museum. He received his PhD from the University of Birmingham on 'The Theory and Practice of Tank - Other Arms Co-operation on the Western Front, 1916-1918'. His first book: "Cambrai 1917" was followed by "El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of the Second World War".

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