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Research Group Seminar – The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940

Updated: Jan 8, 2019


The next Second World War Research Group Seminar at the Joint Services Command and Staff College will be:

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Sir John Kiszely KCB MC DL

The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940

British troops talking to French and Polish soldiers around a French Hotchkiss H39 tank in Steinsland, Norway. (Source: © IWM (N 228))

Abstract: Based on research for his widely acclaimed book on the Norwegian campaign, Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Sir John Kiszely will discuss the failed 1940 British campaign in Norway examining it as a whole, its context and evolution from strategic failures, intelligence blunders and German air superiority, to the performance of the troops and the grave errors of judgment by those responsible for the higher direction of the war

Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Sir John Kiszely was commissioned into the Scots Guards and served in the British Army for forty years. His operational service included tours in Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, Bosnia and Iraq. He also served three tours of duty in the Ministry of Defence, latterly as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff. He wrote his now widely acclaimed Anatomy of a Campaign: The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2017) while a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.


The seminar will take place on 30 May 2018. Seminars are held from 13:00-14:00 and meet in the Ramslade Room, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, Wiltshire.


For information about how to attend this event, please contact the seminar convenor, Dr Andrew Stewart (andrew.stewart@kcl.ac.uk).


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