The British Army in World War Two

Spring Series – something different

This year the country commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944. To remember those who served in the Second World War, this quarter our Spring series is focused on the background and build-up to D-Day. It has a slightly different format. It comprises two online talks, of which this is the first. These can be booked individually or as a package together for the price of £8 (members £7) – see separate event listing. A third separate but associated talk, on Thursday 27 June, is face-to-face. This needs to be booked and paid for separately (£12). As our special D-Day event it begins with a fish and chips lunch after which we will have a D-Day talk with Q&A afterwards. 

About this talk

The personnel of the British Army served across the globe during World War Two, from Iceland to Australia, from the Falklands to East Russia. The army grew from the small peacetime force that went to war in 1939 to the huge modern force that Britain had at its disposal by the latter stages of the war.

This talk explores how the army was structured and what it was like to be in the service.  The women’s forces supported the army – but in what ways and where did they serve? How was the army equipped and how did this change during the war? Why was the British Army actually more mechanised than the vaunted German army of 1940 and what did that mean to every soldier?

Find out more in this talk.

The second talk in the Spring Potpourri series takes place on 21st May. 

To book

Pre-booking is required, because the event link will be sent in advance.                             

To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers. Ideally, also a webcam and microphone. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance.                                                                                                                                      

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Image: North Africa 1940 – No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)

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Thu 25 Apr


14:00 - 15:15




Zoom Video Conference


The Centre - Berkshire FHS
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  • Dr Richard Marks
    Dr Richard Marks

    Richard is a published historian based in Berkshire who specialises in industrial, military, and railway history and also the history of science. His current areas of research are industrial development in the Victorian period, the development of the railway and canal systems in Britain in the mid to late 19th Century and the history of British Rail. He has a PhD in economic history. Richard’s book about British Rail Engineering was published by Pen and Sword in early 2024 and a new book is due out later in 2024 about the Wantage Tramway Company.