The Spring Offensives of 1918 - German or Allied Victory?

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 1st February 2019

Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: The Lecture Theatre, Reading School (near the Royal Berks Hospital)

Description: The series of German offensives on the Western Front that began on 21 March 1918 reopened mobile warfare and thus opened a new chapter in the history of the First World War. They remain controversial. Some see the opening phase as a great German victory. One influential interpretation has the Germans ‘defeating themselves’, by wearing out their strength in attacking the Allies. Others see them as a great defensive victory for the Allies. In this lecture, Gary Sheffield reassesses these offensives in the light of recent research.

Price: Lectures are free

Organiser: Reading Branch

Lecturer: Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton

Region: South-East England

Branch: Reading

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