LECTURE: On War: British Battle Planning and the Battle of Fromelles
Join Dr Roger Lee, Head, Australian Army History Unit, and author of The Battle of Fromelles 1916 as he reveals the complexities of one of the most notorious of the Great War's battles. Until recently, this battle was largely forgotten in the accounts of Australia’s experiences in World War One. The battle is now considered one of the most controversial military episodes and remains the single bloodiest day in terms of numbers of soldiers killed, wounded or missing in Australia’s military history.
At the Australian Army History Unit, Dr Roger Lee is directly responsible to the Chief of Army in all matters relating to the Army’s history and heritage. Roger has played a leading role in recent efforts to exhume and identify the remains of Australian soldiers at sites including Westhoek Ridge, Messines and most recently, the mass grave at Pheasant Wood near Fromelles.
Roger holds a Master of Defence Studies Degree from the University of New South Wales (at the Australian Defence Force Academy), a Litt.B from the ANU and a BA (Hons) from the University of Queensland. He was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies from the Joint Services Staff College, which was appropriate as it was his task when on staff to obtain the academic accreditation of the JSSC course. He has recently completed the requirements for a PhD, also at the UNSW at ADFA. The theme of his thesis was an analysis of the effectiveness of British battle planning in the mid-war period of the First World War. The research he undertook for his PhD also enabled him to write a book on the first battle involving the Australians on the Western Front in 1916 – the Battle of Fromelles. In 2010 his book The Battle of Fromelles was published. He has also written numerous articles and reviews for publication in a range of specialist and academic journals and presented papers at conferences and public lectures.
In association with the Canberra Great War Study Group ('the Estaminet').
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