This Day In History

  • 1916 On the Somme, 1st East Lancashires attack at Le Transloy through “a vast lake of mud pitted with shell-holes”, losing all the officers, warrant officers and senior NCOs of the assaulting companies and a total of 362 other ranks.
  • 1918 11th East Lancashires (the Accrington Pals) liberate the large towns of Turcoing and Wattrelos.
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Lectures Video Archive

 The Friends of the Lancashire Infantry Museum run a popular programme of Study Evenings, many of which are now available to watch on-line.

To access our on-line video archive, please click on the relevant  talk description in the entries below.

These videos are recorded and produced through the very generous support of Mr Gary Cunliffe, of The Yellow Factory, Preston

7 July 2017 – OPERATION MARKET GARDEN 1944 AND THE BATTLE FOR THE CORRIDORTwo talks by John Downham, The ill-fated airborne attempt to go “a bridge too far” and the Battle of Arnhem; and the operation to support XXX Corps’ drive up ‘Hell’s Highway.’  Two of our antecedent regiments had hard fights in this little-known aspect of a famous failure. These talks supplement ‘Bosch Rose,’ the Friends 2017 Battlefied Tour to the Netherlands.
19 May 2017 – MESSINES AND THIRD YPRES (PASSCHENDAELE) 1917 – In this Centenary year John Downham and David Rogan study these two pivotal battles, including the living hell that was Passchendaele, the mud-mired morass which, with the Somme, has so much come to represent the very worst horrors of the Western Front.
In partnership with Lancashire Branch of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This is a 2-hour film. Make yourself comfortable!
31 March 2017 – THE 38th (LANCASHIRE) BRIGADE IN MESOPOTAMIA 1914-1918Mesopotamia Campaign expert Major Paul Knight tells the story of the Lancashire men who fought their way from Basra to Baghdad and beyond, including the epic crossing of the Diyalah River – Lancashire’s own “Rorke’s Drift.”
9 September 2016 – GIBRALTAR & THE PENINSULAR WAR IN SOUTHERN SPAINA talk by John Downham and Carole Divall  examining the capture of Gibraltar and the later conflicts in Spain during the early 19th century Napoleonic period. Looking at the French invasion of Andalusia in 1810 it also includes detailed information about the sieges of Gibraltar, The Siege of Cadiz, The Battle of Barrosa and The Defence of Tarifa. Preparatory study evening for Spanish Rose III, our Friends of the Museum battlefield tour for 2016
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10 June 2016 – SOLDIERS AT SEA – Three talks on the part played by the oceans in the story of our regiments. Part 1John Downham on regimental service as Marines. Part 2 – Roger Goodwin on the Greatest Tragedy – the wrecking of the Sea Horse, Boadicea and Lord Melville. Part 3 – John Downham on the ships that for over a century carried our regiments to all corners of the world
6 May 2016 – MONTY’S MENTORTerry Dean tells the story of Major General James Walter Sandilands – “Sandy” – the WWI Lancashire Brigade commander who taught Monty his trade.
8 April 2016 – THE SOMMEIn its centenary year, John Downham tells the story of the epochal battle which haunts Britain to this day. Part 1   and   Part 2.  In partnership with Lancashire Branch of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
20 March 2015 – WATERLOOCarole Divall on “The Hundred Days” – Napoleon’s escape from Elba and events leading up to the Battle; and John Downham – Battle Perspectives
20 February 2015 – WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION – John Downham talks about the antecedent regiments in Spain, and David Rogan on Marlborough’s great victories in Flanders