LCMSDS Winter Speaker Series 2013 – 16 January – Mike Bechthold “Trench Strafing, Tactical Bombing and Isolating the Battlefield: The Battle of Amiens and the Royal Air Force, August 1918”

Wednesday, January 16 at 7 pm
Mike Bechthold
Wilfrid Laurier University
“Trench Strafing, Tactical Bombing and Isolating the Battlefield: The Battle of Amiens and the Royal Air Force, August 1918”

The Battle of Amiens, the great Allied victory of August 1918, featured the greatest concentration of aircraft to support any land battle during the First World War.  Aircraft were tasked to fly air superiority, interdiction and close support missions.  It was the first thoroughly modern and comprehensive application of air power on the battlefield and would set the standard for future air operations in both the First and Second World Wars. This talk will examine the tactical innovations developed and applied at Amiens.

Location: Laurier Military Centre, 232 King Street North, Waterloo,+Waterloo,+On&hl=en&t=h&z=16&vpsrc=0
Cost: Free (no need to RSVP)
For more information, or questions, please contact:
Mike Bechthold
[email protected]
519-884-0710 x.4594



Upcoming Lectures:

Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm
Lee Windsor
The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, University of New Brunswick
Undiscovered Victory:  1st Canadian Division in Central Sicily, July 1943

Shortly after Operation Husky concluded in Sicily, 1st Canadian Division’s historian, J.B. Conacher, wrote that the “campaign consisted of a series of brigade ‘shows’ and usually the brigade in action only committed one battalion at a time.”  Canadian regimental histories echo Conacher’s separation of the battle into “tribal” stories of high adventure in mountain towns like Leonforte, Assoro and Agira.   When these dramatic components are woven together their significance comes into focus.  By accident and design 1st Canadian Division found itself at the centre of the climax in central Sicily.  The historical battle over which side emerged most successfully still rages. 
Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm
Kirk Goodlet
University of Waterloo
“The German Occupation of Zeeland in the Netherlands during the Second World War”

Remarkably few historians in the English-speaking world have explored what occupation was like under Nazi Germany in rural environments. This talk explores the development of German occupation in the dominantly agrarian Province of Zeeland from 1940-1944.

Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm
Matt Symes
Wilfrid Laurier University
“War in the Abstract: Art as a Window into Canada’s Military Past”

Art, in all its abstraction, has the ability to bring us closer than any other medium to understanding what it must have been like to experience war. Join Matt Symes as he examines art from the First World War held in the Beaverbrook Collection at the Canadian War Museum as well as other pieces held at the Library and Archives of Canada. From the famous members who went on to create the Group of Seven to the prolific but virtually unknown Mary Riter Hamilton, these spectacular images offer a sensory engagement in one of the most defining moments in Canadian history.

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Contact Information

Matt Baker, Senior Research Associate and Centre Coordinator
[email protected]
(519) 884-0710 ext. 2080

Business Hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON, Canada
N2L 3C5

Physical Address
232 King St. N. Waterloo, ON

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