December Talk

Meet at Dawn Unarmed

Was an international football match played in No Man’s Land between English and German soldiers?

Andrew Hamilton’s talk on the Christmas Truce is based mostly on his grandfather Captain Robert Hamilton’s diary account of his experiences on the Western Front in 1914, with particular reference to his role in the Truce.

Captain Hamilton recounts his time with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the first five months of the Great War.

 

 

 

He was a good friend of Bernard Montgomery and the famous cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather, so humour plays an important part in the talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew has co-written four books on the Great War and is currently working on a book about post Great War commemoration and memorials.  He taught history for 20years and has just retired as Chair of Moreton Morrell Real Tennis Club after 20 years.  In 2014 there was much TV, Radio and newspaper interest in the centenary of the Christmas Truce and Andrew’s grandfather’s diary was used for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘The Christmas Truce’ as well as the infamous Sainsbury’s advert.

His detailed description of the iconic event is based on over 20 contemporary accounts which paint an evocative picture of what happened and help to answer the eternal question.

Join us Online for our pre-Christmas talk on Thursday  8th December starting at 7.30pm

Tickets £7/£5 members available via our online shop here