The Battle of Minden, 1759

Wednesday 22nd February 2023

St John’s Place, Lower Road, Bemerton, SP2 9NP

7.30-9.30pm

The Battle of Minden (1759) is justifiably marked by the British Army as a significant victory over the French. Fought in the same year as Quebec, it provided a European counter-balance to operations in the Americas. However, the British were fighting under a German commander, and the relationship was not straightforward. Additionally, British historians have tended to focus on the splendid actions of six regiments of British infantry, to the detriment of achieving a more balanced overview. This talk will revisit Minden, attempting to set some of the record straight, while still celebrating the dogged determination of the British infantry and artillery.

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Ewan Carmichael retired in 2015 as Director General Army Medical Services. He served in Minden in the late ‘eighties’, just prior to deployment in the First Gulf War. Intimately familiar with the battlefield, he has recently written a book on the battle, ‘Like a Brazen Wall’, which has been well received by enthusiasts. Currently the Chair of the Society for Army Historical Research (SAHR), he is also a ‘badged’ guide with the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.