I was very sorry to hear of the death of noted historian, Sir John Keegan, last week. I was a member of his first military history class when he arrived at RMA Sandhurst in 1962. His enthusiasm for the subject infected me and he is wholly responsible for my own passion for our miltary heritage. His approach focused on the human experience rather than dustier aspects of warfare.
We had to wait until 1976 for his first, and possibly his best, book "The Face of Battle", a study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme. It had an immediate appeal to me, not least because it helped the reader to understand what men do and and what is done to them on battlefields, why they fight and how they stick it out under appalling conditions. Another of his very readable works in a similar vein, co-written with the late Richard Holmes was "Soldiers - A history of men in Battle" (1985)
It is that same human approach to war that we embody in all our tours - to help our travellers understand what our forbears went through. It is sad to think that his pen is now still.
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