Spring Day School
US Civil War to First World War
Learning the Lessons
Saturday 3 March 2012
It is axiomatic in American historiography that the US civil war was the first modern war and that Europe failed to learn the lessons of industrialised conflict and firepower. There are clear parallels in experience between the civil war and the First World War regarding mobilisation, motivation, firepower and defence in depth, which show that the wars were similar in their military challenges. This Day School will compare warfare in the two cases and consider whether European general staffs should have been forewarned by the American example.
Previous dayschools have included:
'A Contemptible Little Army' The BEF in 1914
Gallipoli and the Dardanelles: 95 years on
Decision at Derby: the Jacobite invasion of England and the fate of the 'forty-five'
Air power: the challenges of High Command in peace and war
Service and sacrifice: a commemoration of YMCA work in the Great War
Learning and Training in Haig's Army