Graham Kemp

Austro Hungarian War 1914-18.  The Great Debacle

A new talk by our Branch Chairman and Graham's talks are always informative and invariably humour plays its part.

The story starts in 1914 with the breath-taking arrogance and incompetence of AH army, from which it only gets worse.  Only the equally incompetent actions of her enemies would save her for the first two years. There were successes on the Serbian and Italian fronts, 1915-6 and talk will examine why these occurred, before turning to the 1916 destruction of AH army at hands of Russia in what had been described as one of most brilliant offensives of the war. Only the incompetence of Russian government, dragging defeat from jaws of victory would save AH from capitulating in 1917. Talk will also include the war on civilians on the AH front and the tragedy this would lead to decades later. Finally it explain why after the war, parts of AH army was still fighting in 1919, thousands of miles from AH.

 

The King's Own Regimental Museum The Lancaster City Museum, Market Square Lancaster LA1 1HT
Paul Conlon, p.conlon@live.co.uk
05 Feb 2018 19:30