Sandbags to Shelters. Great War veterans in the Blitz.
19 Feb

Anyone serving on the Western Front in 1917 would have been very aware of the potential for air power as they were regularly targeted when out of the line. After the armistice and a return home, as storm clouds once again gathered over unit in many cases it was the Great War generation that rushed to fill the ranks of Britian’s civil defences, as this time the air war came to their hometowns.

From planning, through the London Blitz and onto the V Weapons, this is their story.  


About the speaker, Clive Harris:

Previously in the Royal Signals and Hertfordshire Constabulary, Clive embarked on a military history career in 1998. Author of "Walking the London Blitz", "Wander through Wartime London" and "The Greater Game" he has contributed to Time Team, Time Watch, Blitz Spirit and CBS's Legacy of War. His specialist battlefield subjects are The Retreat of 1914, The Ypres Salient, 1918, The London Blitz and the Italian Campaign of 1943-44. He holds Guild of Battlefield Guides badge number 33 and is a member of the British Commission for Military History. He joined the Western Front Association as a child and has provided regular talks and lectures since leaving the Army in 1991. Clive completed his Masters degree in Great War Studies at Wolverhampton and is currently undertaking a PhD. His favourite battlefield to visit remains Gallipoli.

The Royal Naval Association Club, 73-79 East Street, Southend on Sea, Essex,
19 Feb 2024 20:00