A talk in two parts by branch member François Wicart. He will look at the mutiny in the French army in 1917 and Pétain's actions to repair and prepare it for future offensive action followed by an analysis of the results of the French successes in the 1918 fighting. François is a French national who studied at both French and British universities before qualifying as Conferencier for the French Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 1981. He was also for a time in charge of various restoration teams of volunteers for the Ministry of Historical Building where he specialised in medieval fortifications. He has lectured on military history and guided battlefield tours for many years. He has published a short book on the Battle of Verdun and various articles of 20th Century military history interest.