Priming The Fuse

Western Front Association Milton Keynes Branch

Friday, 21st February 2020 from 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Roman Park Residents’ Club, 1 Constantine Way, Bancroft Park, MK13 0RA

The Great War began with an assassination that had its roots deep in the turmoil of Southern Europe and the Balkans, which had suffered almost a century of revolts and wars of national independence, identity and colonial expansion. The build up to general war begins with the Italo- Ottoman War of 1911-12, which triggered the First Balkan War of 1912-13 which in turn led to the Second Balkan war of 1913, ending less than a year before the Great War began.

Roger Penny’s talk covers these three conflicts, the involvement of the Great Powers and the ways in which these three wars served as test beds for the tactics, techniques and technology of the Great War, as well as the political and diplomatic fall-out that which influenced the Austrian decision to go to war with Serbia.

Members of the public welcome. A donation covers costs and a raffle.

The talk will be preceded by a short AGM.

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