Were First World War troops led by donkeys?

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Tonight (Friday) the Manx Museum will welcome Professor Gary Sheffield, a major figure in British military history and one of the foremost historians of the First World War, to the island to present his research into British leadership and command in the conflict.

Tickets are available for his lecture entitled ‘Lions Led by Donkeys?’ – The British Army in the First World War.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

The First World War was the most controversial conflict in British history. The huge loss of life has led to army generals being labelled as callous incompetents.

However, it was this same army that in 1918 won the greatest series of victories Britain has ever seen. In his lecture Gary Sheffield assesses how fair this stereotype really is.

Gary Sheffield is the professor of war studies at the University of Birmingham and a widely-published author, especially on the First World War.

This year, Gary Sheffield is a lead contributor to the BBC First World War series. He is also a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine as well as newspapers, journals and other television and radio broadcasts.

His most recent publications are The First World War in 100 Objects and The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army.

Tickets are £10 available from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop and online at www.manxnationalheritage.im.

A 10 per cent discount is available to members, ACE cardholders and students.

The Manx Museum is in Kingswood Grove, Douglas, at the top of Crellin’s Hill.

Read about the Ben-my-Chree III’s role in the First World War in this week’s Manx Independent.

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