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“Yanks and Limeys”

Evening Talk by Professor Niall Barr

6.15pm Thursday 20 June 2019

In the Kincaid Gallery, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

Those of you who regularly attend the evening talks will recall the very well received evening lecture by Professor Niall Barr on the war in North Africa in 1941 and the part played in the desert fighting by the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and Rifle Brigade.  “Yanks and Limeys” will consider the relationship between the British and American armies during the Second World War.  While the broad outlines of the “special relationship” between Britain and America during the war is well known, the unprecedented level of co-operation (and rivalry) between these unlikely allies is much less well known.  Beginning in the dark days of 1940 to the eventual victory of 1945, the talk will explore the events and the people that made this alliance work.

Niall Barr is Professor of Military History at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy, UK.  Educated at the University of St Andrews, he has previously taught at St Andrews and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.  He joined The Staff College in 2000, where he teaches a wide range of military courses and conducts numerous staff rides; he has supported the Higher Command and Staff Course as the Land Warfare Historian for many years.  His main research interest concerns the military history of the Second World War but he also has an enduring interest in the Scottish military tradition.

He is the author of several books including:

  • Yanks and Limeys: Alliance Warfare in the Second World War
  • The Lion and the Poppy: British Veterans, Politics and Society 1921-1939
  • Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein
  • Flodden 1513
  • Amiens to the Armistice:  The BEF in the Hundred Days Campaign 8 August – 11 November 1918 with J P Harris

He is currently working upon the role and importance of food in military history.