TMM Lecture Series and Films
The Lecture Series is your opportunity to hear speakers from a wide range of historical and military related topics. The lectures are held various evenings at The Military Museum from September until May. Unless otherwise stated, the lecture format is as follows:
Lecture Series Information
- Location QEII Atrium at TMM
- Reception 1800 hrs (6:00 pm)
- Lecture begins 1900 hrs (7:00 pm)
- Admission By donation. (Suggested donation, $10)
Lecturer: Scott Kesterson, Q & A after the film
Update: We apologize but due to unforeseen circumstances, the film Bards of War has been cancelled. The film will be rescheduled again in the near future.
In July of 2006 filmmaker and citizen journalist Scott Kesterson was asked to cover Operation Mountain Thrust. The operation was led by COL Ian Hope, commander of Canada’s Task Force Orion. The mission was to attack Taliban sanctuaries in key areas of Kandahar and Helmand Provinces. These areas were a hotbed of insurgent activity, and the center point for their opium production, finance and terror operations.
Kesterson was attached to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, known as the “Patricia’s”. The events that unfolded were an awakening, showing Canada and the world that the soldiers of this quiet neighbor up north understood the meaning of conviction, ruthlessness and righteousness.
For more information please visit the official Bards of War website. The film is for sale on this website, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards The Military Museums.
Lecturer: Dr. Geoffrey Jackson
When Great Britain and its dominions declared war on Germany in August 1914, they were faced with the formidable challenge of transforming masses of untrained citizen-soldiers at home and abroad into competent, coordinated fighting divisions.
The Empire on the Western Front focuses on the development of two units, Britain’s 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division and the Canadian 4th Division, to show how the British Expeditionary Force rose to this challenge.
Geoffrey Jackson follows their development, from their respective genesis through to the end of the war, and all aspects of the division-building process – from leadership and training to discipline and morale. What influence did the senior leadership and the fighting doctrine that shaped training have on the divisions’ performance in France? How did internal operations and the divisions’ role within the larger corps and armies influence their effectiveness in battle? Did the division-building process differ in Britain and the dominions?
In answering these questions, The Empire on the Western Front examines army formation and operations at the divisional level and ultimately calls into question existing accounts that emphasize the differences between the imperial and dominion armies. This book will appeal to those interested in the development and operations of the dominion armies and the British Expeditionary Force during the Great War.