Military historian, author and broadcaster Andrew Robertshaw has been invited to Felsted School to talk about the Battle of the Somme.

Andrew is best known for his television work in such programmes as Time Team and Who do You Think You Are?.

He was military consultant for the Hollywood blockbuster War Horse and he has also worked as curator of the Royal Logistics Corps Museum in Deepcut.

The talk is entitled The Battle of the Somme 1916: From Defeat to Victory? and it will analyse the strategy, tactics and experience of the campaign from June to November 1916.

The manner in which the Battle of the Somme was fought has shaped modern views on the Great War and attitudes towards the Generals, especially those of the Allied armies.

The Battle of the Somme is the most infamous of military events in recent memory - the final death toll was 623,907 soldiers from across the globe.

Andrew and his archaeology team have carried out more than 20 battlefield digs and during this time have established the identity of four soldiers whose remains they have recovered.

He has a fascination with the reality of the Great War and is owner of a replica trench system in Surrey, which is used for experimental archaeology and public education.

The lecture is part of the termly Cromwell Lectures held at the school.

It will take place on Tuesday from 7.30pm in the Barbara Karen Auditorium and is open to all.

Email Nichola Martin, Felsted Senior School librarian, at for further details and to register your attendance.