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Arras 1917-2017: War Stories from the University of Glasgow
Tue 16 May 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 BST
This special event in the newly refurbished Kelvin Hall is presented by Glasgow University’s Great War Project in conjunction with Digging In. It marks the centenary of the last day of the Battle of Arras, which raged on the Western Front between 9 April and 16 May 1917.
It was a battle fought in three dimensions - above ground, below ground and in the air - and saw both sides using new tactics. This British offensive was launched against German lines to the east of the town of Arras as part of a wider assault involving the French further to the south. The aim was simple: break the stalemate on the Western Front. Commonwealth troops fought alongside the British and despite taking ground, the battle, which resulted in nearly 300,000 casualties, failed to achieve a breakthrough.
Scotland also paid a heavy price in the mud and blood of Arras, and the University of Glasgow alone lost 54 staff, students and alumni. Across four short talks this event will provide an overview of the battle, examine the Scottish perspective and the air war, while also telling stories of those members of the University of Glasgow community who lost their lives in one of the defining battles of the First World War. The speakers will be Dave Clarke, Euan Loarridge, James Taub and Professor Tony Pollard.
From 6.00pm there will be a display of period weapons and equipment provided by Alan Birckbeck and Dave Clarke. Talks start at 6.30pm.
This event follows on from the Battle of Arras learning opportunities at Digging In’s reconstructed trenches in Pollok Park on Sunday 14 May from 12-4pm. Join us at Clay Kickers & Miners: The underground war to learn of the dangers faced by those fighting a deadly war of nerves.