SAVILE HISTORY- DR JONATHAN BOFF ON THE FIRST WORLD WAR: A GERMAN VIEW

This lecture will explore the Western Front 1914-18 from a perspective we in this country explore all too rarely: that of the German enemy. By analysing the wartime experiences of one of the most senior German generals, Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, Jonathan Boff will shed new light on the two contending sides and the course and character of the war.’

Dr Jonathan Boff is a Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Birmingham, where he teaches courses on conflict from Homer to Helmand. He specializes in the First World War. Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany’s War on the Western Front, 1914-18 was published by Oxford University Press in April this year. His previous book, Winning and Losing on the Western Front: The British Third Army and the Defeat of Germany in 1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2012) was short-listed for the Templer Medal and for the British Army Book of the Year award. He was educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and spent twenty years working in finance before returning to academia. He serves on the councils of the National Army Museum and Army Records Society, has worked as a historical consultant with the British Army and the BBC, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Chairman – Savilian Tim Halstead