Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
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Peter Hart – The Last Battle
September 29 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm£10.00
Names like Passchendaele, Verdun and The Somme are etched into our national consciousness but
the last months of the First World War are often overlooked. Peter Hart, official oral historian at the Imperial War Museum, has pieced together one of history’s greatest endgames in The Last Battle. The result, marking the centenary, is a “superb account of the tactics that finally brought victory on the Western Front,” according to The Times.
By August 1918, the outcome of the Great War was not in doubt but would the Germans prolong the conflict, with the loss of hundreds of thousands more young lives? Hart, author of Gallipoli and The Great War, draws on the accounts of generals as well as ordinary soldiers as he brings to life the dramatic final weeks. He also reminds us that the collective armies of France, Britain, America and Belgium achieved total domination over the German Army on the Western Front.
“The all too frequent deaths so close to The Armistice gives a terrible poignancy to this last battle,” Hart writes. “This book… is a tragic story told for the most part by those men who were lucky enough to survive. Many did not.”