The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum Talk

Dear MHS member
The below talk may be of interest to some of you. It is on the Battle  of Cambrai which took place 100 years ago in November 1917. This was the first mass use of tanks. The British made a spectacular breakthrough of the German Hindenburg line but lost a lot of the ground that had been captured to German counter attacks.
The talk is being given in the Royal Green Jackets museum (The Rifles) in Winchester on Thursday 9th of November at 6.15 pm . You need to book tickets for this presentation.  The details are below.
Nick Saunders
Milton Heritage Society.

Winchester’s Military Museums
An event organised by The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

“The Battle of Cambrai 1917”

An evening talk by
Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey-Holt
6.15pm Thursday 9 November
in The Kincaid Gallery
The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

In less that two years between January 1916 and November 1917 British tanks went from the first tank “Mother”, through their first modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in September 1916, the disaster of Bullecourt in April 1917 and the mud of Flanders in the summer and autumn 1917 to, arguably, the first modern battle of history, the Battle of Cambrai.
Third Army, employing a combination of tanks, artillery, and infantry including six battalions of the KRRC and Rifle Brigade, with aircraft in support smashed their way through the formidable defences of the Hindenburg Line on the morning of 20 November 1917.
Geoffrey Vesey-Holt was a regular officer in the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) and a graduate of Durham University in Modern History and of the French Staff College. He served in 1 RTR and then specialised in the Weapons Acquisition Stream and, not surprisingly, the acquisition of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).  He is currently working on the RTR’s commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 (the first tanks were used in 1916 and first tank to tank action was in 1918).  He is writing a two volume history of the Tank Corps covering 1918, running pro bono battlefield tours and giving lectures.

Tickets for the talk, including a glass (or two) of wine plus canapes after the talk, cost £15.00 per person (£12.50 for Friends of the Museum).  Tickets must be booked in advance through the Museum Curator, Mrs Christine Pullen, at:

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
Peninsula Barracks
Romsey Road
Winchester, Hants.  SO23 8TS
Tel: 01962 828549   e-mail:
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