6th July 2021 – British Modern Military History Society – The Real ‘War Horse’
Formed in early 2019, the BMMHS organise monthly talks for anyone interested in military history over the last 200 years from Nelson’s times to the present day.
The Real War Horse explores the equine contribution in the Great War. The talk will look at the roles that donkeys, mules and horses played in the conflict and why, along with where they came from, their war experience and how they are remembered today.
National Army Museum
Friday talk series – British Army Horse Power in the Great War
The First World War is a conflict closely associated with technological development and the industrialisation of warfare. However, horses and mules continued to play an important role in military operations.
In this talk, Lucy Betteridge-Dyson will consider the equine experience during the First World War and explore the many ways in which horses and mules were used by the British Army. She will consider the vital role that these animals played in supporting military operations and delivering victory.
OTD Canadian Military History
Brad St.Croix, Carla-Jean Stokes and Lucy Betteridge-Dyson discuss the impact that social media has had on our understanding of historical war photographs during this live stream on the OTD Canadian Military History YouTube channel.
As part of WW2TV’s Burma Week, Lucy joined Paul to tell the story of 3 Commando Brigade in January 1945 at the Battle of Kangaw (Hill 170)
Lucy joins Alex and Merryn to myth-bust the horse in the Great War
Who Do You Think You Are?
Originally broadcast 19th October 2020, Series 17: 2.
Lucy featured as a battlefield historian, helping David Walliams to discover more about his paternal great-grandfather John Boorman’s, prolonged and traumatic experiences on the battlefields of the First World War.
History From Home
‘The Real Warhorse’ presentation explores the contribution of equines during the Great War. You can view the talk by clicking through to Dan Hill’s History From Home series archive.
Home Brew History
The 1.7 Million Stories of CWGC
In the last episode of season one, Lucy joined Jack Sheeran, Paul Byrnes (Film Critic for the Sydney Morning Herald & The Age and Author) and Peter Francis, from the Commission’s media team to discuss a selection of movies and TV shows which depict the First and Second World Wars including: 1917, The Water Diviner, The Railway Man, and Band of Brothers. They explore what connections these have with the work of the CWGC and discuss how accurately they show the realities of war.
Modern Conflict Research Symposium
The cemeteries of the CWGC are an integral part of the memorialisation of the Great War. Much has been written about their origins and development, along with their wider place within the context of commemorative practises. However, to those visiting the battlefields for the first time, it can often be an individual grave that invokes the strongest of emotional responses. During the creation of the cemeteries, the CWGC provided the option for relatives of the dead to include a personal inscription of their loved one’s grave. ‘The Power of Words’ paper (originally delivered at the 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium in 2020) involves discussion on the history of these epitaphs, their emotional power over visitors today and a high-level analysis of their content.