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Museum Lecture Programme

We at The Royal Logistic Corps Museum are delighted to announce that we will be continuing our extremely successful series of Thursday evening lectures in 2016. In 2015, we had lectures on a range of fascinating topics, ranging from horse-drawn and mechanical transport to the Royal Navy’s hunting down of German raiding cruisers in World War I. We are hoping to continue building on this success in 2016.

The first lecture of 2016 will be on Thursday 21 January and will be delivered by historian and long-time supporter of the Museum, Dan Allen. Mr Allen’s lecture is entitled ‘Women in World War I’ and focusses on the vital roles played by women throughout the Great War, in sustaining a massive nationwide war effort.

We continue a World War I theme with our next lecture, on Thursday 24 March. Camberley-based historian Murray Rowlands presents a lecture inspired by his recently-published book ‘Aldershot in the Great War’. Aldershot, then as now, was one of Britain’s premier military bases and has a fascinating history; which will be captured in this lecture.

On Thursday 21 April, we’re delighted to have the noted historian, novelist and broadcaster Prof Saul David returning to the Museum. This year, he’s speaking on the subject of his most-recent book ‘Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport’. This masterfully-researched and thrillingly-written book details the famous raid carried out by the Israeli Special Forces to free kidnapped Jewish nationals on 3 July 1976. Prof David is always a fascinating speaker, so this lecture is sure to be extremely popular.

Following this, on Thursday 23 June, historian and biography Ainslie Hepburn will deliver her lecture ‘Herbert Sulzbach: The Man with a Big Heart’. Captain Herbert Sulzbach, late of the Royal Pioneer Corps, had a long and fascinating life and has left an indelible impression on Anglo-German relations. Discover how this German national earned the Iron Cross, the OBE and the Grand Cross of the German Federal Republic. It is an astonishing story.

Our next lecture is on Thursday 22 September, where James Holland will present ‘The War in the West’. This lecture is inspired by his revelatory new trilogy of books about World War II. The product of more than a decade of research, these superb books challenge convention and long-held wisdom about this cataclysmic conflict. This is sure to be an extremely interesting night.

Finally, we round out 2016’s lecture programme with the return of Maj Dale Clark. Maj Clark spoke last year about the lengths that the British government had to go to in order to arm the Home Guard. Here, on Thursday 24 November, he returns to the subject with ‘”Arming Britain’s Wartime Secret Army”: Weapons and Equipment of the Auxunits’. The Auxunits were the secret Home Guard, a force that would have waged a guerrilla war against the invading German Army. It’s a little-known, but fascinating part of Britain’s preparations for resisting invasion during World War II.

All lectures start at 7:30pm, with the Museum’s doors opening at 7:00pm. A range of refreshments will be available. Tickets are £5.00, or £2.50 for Friends of the Museum.

To reserve places for any of the lectures, and for more information, please contact the Museum on 01252 833371 or at information@rlcmuseum.com. We at the Museum are looking forward to welcoming you here in the near future.

The Royal Logistic Corps

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