We are pleased to be able to welcome Geoff Spring back to the branch for the latest in his long running series on aspects of artillery.
On this occasion, Geoff will be giving a talk on the Royal Garrison Artillery 1899-1923 Part 1 Port Defence.
The lecture describes one of the RGA’s roles namely defending the British Empire’s naval bases and defended commercial ports.
In more detail, the content includes a brief history of the Royal Artillery and examines why the Royal Artillery, in 1899, split into two Corps, the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Garrison Artillery.
The talk then moves on to the impact of technology on the threats from enemy navies attacking the Royal Navy in ports; the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War; the British state’s policy for defending the British Empire’s ports and assets used to defend the British Empire’s ports.
After a break for tea Geoff will conclude by speaking about the German navy’s raid on Hartlepool on 16 December 1914.
As ever, all members and guests are welcome to attend. We do ask for £3 on the door to cover room hire etc.
Please note that this meeting is a week later than usual because of the Easter weekend falling on our normal ‘first Sunday’. Doors open at 13.40 for a 14.00 start.