The Armourer

Events at NAM

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Here are the events coming up at the National Army Museum, based in Chelsea, London, throughout February. For bookings go to www. nam.ac.uk.

Captain Robert Parker and the Royal Irish Regiment

4 February, 12 noon

Captain Robert Parker enjoyed a military career spanning 35 years. Parker saw extensive service in the wars of King William III and the Duke of Marlboroug­h during the 1690s and 1700s. Throughout this time, he diligently kept a journal, in which he made accounts of many famous battles and sieges, including Aughrim (1691) and Blenheim (1704).

In this fascinatin­g free talk, National Army Museum curator Justin Saddington will recount some of Parker’s career-defining moment. You can attend in person but numbers are limited so you need to book a ticket. Alternativ­ely watch online via Crowdcast.

Strick: Tank Hero of Arras

11 February, 12 noon Major-General Eugene Vincent Michael Strickland rose from penniless hardship to great military distinctio­n. He was a tank man who fought in France, North Africa and Italy during World War II.

In May 1940, he played a major part in the counteratt­ack at Arras, where two British infantry tank battalions held up the German advance for three days, enabling the success of the Dunkirk evacuation.

In this fascinatin­g talk, Tim Strickland gives an overview of his father’s life, highlighti­ng some of his greatest triumphs and challenges. Cost: Free, but booking required

The Searchers

18 February, 12 noon

By the end of World War I, the whereabout­s of more than half a million British soldiers were unknown. Most were presumed dead, lost forever beneath the battlefiel­ds.

In this poignant talk, Robert Sackville-West tells the story of Britain’s century-long search to recover, identify and honour the missing soldiers of World War I, from the department created to investigat­e soldiers’ fates to the modern-day use of DNA profiling methods.

Cost: Free, but booking required

Kicking and Screaming

25 February, 12 noon

When WWI drew to a close, leaders and military commanders had the opportunit­y to consider what the armies of the future would look like. For the cavalry, this brought about a drastic change from men on horseback to men behind the wheels of mechanised vehicles.

In this revealing talk, Dick Taylor highlights the often-painful process of reducing the size of the British regular cavalry through a series of amalgamati­ons.

Cost: Free, but booking required

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