The 1916 Battle of the Somme Reassessed

Professor Gary Sheffield Public Inaugural Lecture and Book Launch

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Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory book jacketDate: Wednesday 22 June 2016

Time: 5.30pm to 7pm

Venue: MH002, Lecture Theatre, Mary Seacole Building, University of Wolverhampton, City Campus North, Camp Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD (off Stafford Steet) Map showing location of the venue.

In the centenary year of the Somme, the battle remains as controversial as ever. In his University of Wolverhampton Inaugural Lecture, Gary Sheffield will discuss the way the battle is being remembered and commemorated and, drawing on the latest research, offer a reassessment of the significance of the Somme in context of the First World War and in British and military history.

Western Front Association logoThis is the eighth lecture of the University of Wolverhampton/Western Front Association First World War Centenary Lecture Series. Generously supported by a grant from the WFA, the series is held at the University of Wolverhampton, open to the public and will run until 2018.

Copies of Gary's new book 'Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory' will be available to purchase on the day.

Booking: Admission is free however booking is required. Email

Professor Gary Sheffield

One of Britain’s leading military historians, Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He has written a number of critically acclaimed and commercially successful books on the First World War including Forgotten Victory: The First World War – Myths and Realities. He is the co-editor of Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters 1914-18.

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‌About the book

Douglas Haig is the single most controversial general in British history. In 1918, after his armies had played a major role in the First World War, he was feted as a saviour. But within twenty years his reputation was in ruins, and it has never recovered.

Drawing on previously unknown private letters and new scholarship unavailable when The Chief was first published, eminent First World War historian Gary Sheffield reassesses Haig’s reputation, assessing his critical role in preparing the army for war.

More information about the book is available on the Quarto Press website.