NAM in September

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Here's what's coming up at the National Army Museum, in Chelsea, London, in September.

All the details and booking options are at www.nam.ac.uk. Here’s what’s on:

Arnhem, 1944
4 Sept, 6pm, £5
Historian William Buckingham holds a talk on the 75th anniversary of the battle. After the talk, there will be a book sale and signing of his new publication, Arnhem: The Complete Story.

The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in France
6 Sept, 11.30am, free
Samantha Philo-Gill examines the formation of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1917 and the experience of those who served in France. They served as cooks, drivers, signallers, clerks, and as gardeners in military cemeteries, thereby freeing up men for the front line.

First to fight
12 Sept, 6pm, £10
Roger Moorhouse discusses the German invasion of Poland, which started World War II. Drawing for the first time on Polish, German and Soviet sources, this talk explores the history of Germany's invasion of Poland in September 1939. And if the violation of Poland had been the reason to go to war in 1939, how could the Western Allies justify handing over the country on a plate to Stalin in 1945?

Our Man in New York
13 Sept, 11.30am, free
Henry Hemming reveals how the British used fake news to manipulate American public opinion and bring the US into World War II. In this talk, Henry Hemming will use storytelling, music, props, and an audience game, to bring to life a particular episode from his book.

The intelligence factory
20 Sept, 11.30am, free
The Government Code and Cipher School at Bletchley Park is well known for its code-breaking activities during World War II. This talk by Dr David Kenyon will introduce the lesser known parts of the Bletchley Park story including the scale of the code-breaking operation, how challenges were overcome and how the efficient intelligence factory was created.

The Victoria Cross
27 Sept, 11.30am, free
David Callaghan charts the history of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious gallantry award for members of the British Armed Forces. Since its inception in 1856, the only firm to supply the VC is Hancocks of London, with whom David Callaghan was employed throughout his 42-year career. He traces the VC’s history and tells the heroic stories of the recipients of this famous award.

 

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