Douglas Haig and the Forgotten Victories of 1918

Join us for a public lecture to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Douglas Haig

Professor Gary Sheffield will be discussing Sir Douglas Haig and his role in the series of victories leading to the German surrender in 1918.

Haig was the Edinburgh-born Commander-in-Chief of the British army on the Western Front during the First World War.

“Douglas Haig and the Forgotten Victories of 1918” will take place at 5.30pm on Friday 17 October in the Playfair Library Hall.

This lecture is organised in association with the Royal British Legion Scotland.


The event is free and there is no need to book. Just turn up at the door.

Professor Gary Sheffield

Professor Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies at the University of Birmingham.

He has published widely on military history and is a leading member of the revisionist school of historians of the First World War.

He frequently broadcasts on television and radio, and writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

His latest book is “Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters 1914-18", co-edited with John Bourne.

Victoria Cross alumni exhibition

During the First World War 8,000 members of the University - students, staff and alumni - served with the British armed forces. 944 died in the conflict.

Five of those who served were awarded the Victoria Cross: the nation’s highest decoration for military valour.

To accompany the lecture, there will be a small exhibition featuring the members of the University who were awarded the Victoria Cross:

  • Allan Ebenezer Ker (student of Law 1903-1908)
  • Arthur Moore Lascelles (student of Medicine 1899-1902)
  • David Lowe MacIntyre (student of Arts 1914-1915 and 1918)
  • Harcus Strachan (student of Medicine, 1903-1905 and 1913)
  • Samuel Thomas Dickson Wallace (student of Science, 1911-1914).

Event details

Douglas Haig and the Forgotten Victories of 1918

Friday 17 October 2008, 5.30pm

Friday 17 October 2008, 6.45pm

Playfair Library Hall, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

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Further information

For more information on this event, including any accessibility enquiries, please contact Susan McGinley.

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