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Battle Of The Lys. Illustrated talk by Major-General Sir Sebastian Roberts

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The Battle Of The Lys. An illustrated talk by Major-General Sir Sebastian Roberts KVCO OBE

Every Army suffers reversals on the route to victory. Tragically this reversal was suffered by the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps on 9 April 1918 at the Battle of the Lys. The Portuguese were hugely outnumbered and bravely engaged the enemy in a desperate fighting withdrawal. Operation Georgette was called off by the Germans on 29 April. This was one of the hardest battles to be fought by the Portuguese, during which there were many acts of great courage and bravery.

Major-General Sir Sebastian Roberts traces the unfolding events with a 45 minute illustrated talk, followed by questions and answers.

Major-General Sir Sebastian Roberts KCVO OBE - The eldest of 10 children, Sebastian Roberts was born in 1954 and educated at Ampleforth and Balliol College Oxford where he read Modern History. He was commissioned into the Irish Guards in 1977. He served in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Germany, Belize, Rhodesia, and Northern Ireland as well as in England, as a platoon and company commander, commanding the Battalion 1993-6. His staff appointments included Chief of Staff 4th Armoured Brigade in West Germany, Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff, As the Colonel responsible for Military Doctrine he wrote the British Army’s doctrine of the Moral Component “Soldiering: the Military Covenant”. He then became the Army’s last Director of Public Relations. He was General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division from 2003-7. He was Chief of Staff of the Royal College of Defence Studies, the United Kingdom’s strategic level College (where he wrote “the Strategy Handbook”), from 2007-10, when he retired. He was Colonel of the Irish Guards until 2011, when he handed over to HRH the Duke of Cambridge. He was Honorary Colonel of 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (Volunteers) and is still Honorary Colonel of the London Irish Rifles. Since retiring he has set up The Military Mutual, of which he is now Chairman, an insurance mutual for members of the Armed Forces, serving and retired, and their families. He sits on the boards of several charities, and leads occasional battlefield tours. He is married to Elizabeth; they have two sons and two daughters; both sons were in the Irish Guards, as were two of his 6 brothers. His recreations are “painting and drawing, conversation, rebus letters, public speaking, prayer, eating, drinking, travelling, reading, writing and 9 brothers and sisters”.

7 p.m. on Thursday 8 March 2018 at the Cavalry & Guards Club, www.cavgds.co.uk

Price £20 per person. Tickets to include a reception after the talk.

Portuguese wine will be served after the talk.

All proceeds will go towards the War Memorial Windows being dedicated to the Portuguese fallen of the First World War, and to the last King of Portugal. This event forms part of a programme of several educational events being held throughout 2018, to remember Portugal’s contribution in the First World War, “Memorials for a King and a Country.”

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