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Roger Moorhouse talk to detail truths of life in Second World War Poland 

Posted onPosted on 22nd Sep

Nottinghamshire-based conservation charity, The Sherwood Forest Trust, will be hosting Roger Moorhouse on 30th September, author of the fascinating ‘First to Fight’. The talk will tell the story of Poland’s fight against the German and Soviet Invasions of 1939 in World War Two.

Roger was raised in Hertfordshire, and studied at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London, where he graduated with an MA in history and politics in 1994.  Roger’s first solo book was published in 2006, and he has continued to tackle a variety of gripping subjects in his books since.

His latest book tells the story of the campaign that opened World War Two in Europe – the Polish defence against the German and Soviet invasions of 1939 – the so-called “September Campaign”.  He details the brave Polish defence against the invaders, such as at Westerplatte, where the defenders held out for 7 days against insuperable odds.  He explains how the Poles were not only outnumbered by their enemies, they also lacked up-to-date arms and equipment.  His account, he said, was “not so much a military history, as a history of a desperate nation at war.”

The talk is hosted by the Sherwood Forest Trust in partnership with the Spirit of Wartime Sherwood project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will be held over Zoom.

Patrick Candler from the Trust added: “We are thrilled to have a unique author like Roger speaking about his book. Roger offers a rarely heard insight into the tough conflict within Eastern Europe and we believe his fascinating book will be a hit with the Sherwood Forest Trust community.”

If you are interested in attending the event and would like to find out more, sign up to the event today via the following eventbrite link: