Roger Moorehouse will talk with the director of the National Army Museum Justin Maciejewski about his book “First To Fight – The Polish War 1939” in a Zoom event to mark the anniversary of the start of the 2nd World War.
First to Fight is the first history of the Polish war for almost half a century. Drawing on letters, memoirs and diaries by generals and politicians, soldiers and civilians from all sides, Roger Moorhouse’s dramatic account of the military events is entwined with a tragic human story of courage and suffering, and a dark tale of diplomatic betrayal.
Roger Moorhouse is a historian and author specialising in modern German and Central European history, with particular interest in Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and World War Two in Europe.
A visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw, he is also the author of a number of books on modern German history, including “Killing Hitler”, “Berlin at War”, “The Third Reich in 100 Objects” and “The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941”. He is a regular commentator in the specialist and general press, and a consultant for film and television.
His latest book, and now available in paperback “First to Fight: The Polish War 1939” – on the September Campaign that opened World War Two in Europe – was published by Bodley Head in the UK, and Znak in Poland, in September 2019.
Justin Maciejewski was appointed by the National Army Museum appoints as the Director General on 26 February 2018.
He brings to the National Army Museum team his experience of leadership both in the commercial sector as well as the military, following five years with McKinsey & Company as a management consultant and a 27-year career in the British Army. He has a lifelong interest in Military History. His last appointment in the Army was Director Combat, the professional head of the Royal Armoured Corps and the Infantry. Prior to that he had extensive command and staff experience and was awarded the DSO after commanding his battalion, the 2nd Battalion The Rifles, in Iraq.
On leaving the Army, Justin held a brief visiting fellowship at Oxford in 2012 as part of the Changing Character of War Programme under Professor Sir Hew Strachan. He is a graduate of the UK Joint Services Staff College Higher and Advanced Courses. He holds an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College, London and graduated in History from Cambridge University where he specialised in British Imperial and Military History.
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