Events at NAM

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11 January 2022
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Here are the events coming up at the National Army Museum, based in Chelsea, London, throughout February. For bookings go to www.nam.ac.uk.

Captain Robert Parker and the Royal Irish RegimentCaptain Robert Parker and the Royal Irish Regiment
4 February, 12 noon
Captain Robert Parker enjoyed a military career spanning 35 years, joining what would later become known as the Royal Irish Regiment. Parker saw extensive service in the wars of King William III and the Duke of Marlborough during the 1690s and 1700s. Throughout this time, he diligently kept a journal, in which he made accounts of many famous battles and sieges, including Aughrim (1691) and Blenheim (1704). This formed the basis of a memoir, which is regarded as one of the most important accounts by a soldier from this period.

In this fascinating talk, National Army Museum curator Justin Saddington will recount some of Parker’s career-defining moments and provide an insight into the life and times of this extraordinary soldier.
You can attend in person and while free numbers are limited so you need to book a ticket. Alternatively watch online via Crowdcast.

 

Strick: Tank Hero of Arras
11 February, 12 noon
Major-General Eugene Vincent Michael Strickland rose from penniless hardship to great military distinction. He was a tank man, a war hero who fought in France, North Africa and Italy during World War II, and whose name is revered even today in the regiments that he commanded.

In May 1940, he played a major part in the counterattack at Arras, where two British infantry tank battalions held up the German advance for three days, enabling the success of the Dunkirk evacuation – and perhaps saving Britain from ultimate defeat in the process.

In this fascinating talk, Tim Strickland gives an overview of his father’s life, highlighting some of his greatest triumphs and toughest challenges.
Cost: Free, but booking required

 

The SearchersThe Searchers
18 February, 12 noon
By the end of World War I, the whereabouts of more than half a million British soldiers were unknown. Most were presumed dead, lost forever beneath the battlefields. Countless families were consumed by a mission to discover what had happened to their loved ones, undertaking arduous, often hopeless journeys.

In this poignant talk, Robert Sackville-West tells the story of Britain’s century-long search to recover, identify and honour the missing soldiers of World War I, from the department created to investigate soldiers’ fates to the modern-day use of DNA profiling.
Cost: Free, but booking required

 

Kicking and ScreamingKicking and Screaming
25 February, 12 noon
When World War I drew to a close in 1918, leaders and military commanders had the opportunity to consider what the armies of the future would look like. For the cavalry, this brought about a drastic change from men on horseback to men behind the wheels of mechanised vehicles.
In this revealing talk, Dick Taylor will highlight the often-painful process of reducing the size of the British regular cavalry through a series of amalgamations, and then the tortuous process of converting them to armoured cars and tanks prior to World War II.
Cost: Free, but booking required

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