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A Personal View of Passchendaele

Monday, March 13, 2017

A talk on Wednesday, March 29 will deliver a personal insight into one of the most infamous battles of World War 1. Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, became known for the horrifyingly high number of casualties, for the dogged persistence of Earl Haig in continuing with the offensive despite its seeming ineffectiveness – and for its mud.

Simon Jarman MBE was a soldier for 30 years, and his encounters in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda and many other locations have given him an insight of the experiences of modern conflict. A keen amateur historian who has visited a variety of WW1 and WW2 sites, Simon regularly gives talks and presentations on WW1.

A Personal View of Passchendaele will provide an overview of the Battle of Passchendaele along with a personalised account of the first-hand experiences of his great uncle’s experiences taken from Simon’s book, Gentleman Jim of the 20 DLI. There will also be an opportunity to view some of Simon’s war memorabilia including deactivated weapons from 1916, medals, trench art, and more.

The talk begins at 1pm at University Centre Shrewsbury’s Rowley’s House. To book a place, contact communications@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 297553.