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15 May 2018, 1800

RUSI is hosting a ceremony to recognise the best English language writing on military history, this year awarded to Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Sir John Kiszely KCB MC DL.

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RUSI’s Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History aims to reward on an annual basis the best English language writing on military history, interpreted widely to include the role of the armed forces, the conduct of wars, and the impact of conflict on nations and societies, over any period up to the present day. On 27th March 2018 the judges conferred General Kiszely the prize for his book, Anatomy of a Campaign: The British Fiasco in Norway, 1940. The winner emerged from a strong shortlist of authors writing on military history.

Anatomy of a Campaign (Cambridge University Press) looks at the British campaign in Norway in 1940, which was widely considered an ignominious and abject failure. General Kiszely draws on his own experience of working at all levels in the military to assess the campaign as a whole, its context and evolution from strategic failures, the intelligence blunders and German air superiority to the performance of the troops and the serious errors of judgement by those responsible for the higher direction of the war. His book contributes to the understanding of not only the outcome of the Norwegian campaign but also why more recent military campaigns have found success so elusive.

At the award ceremony the winning author will be given the medal by The Duke of Wellington, a member of the Judging Panel and the prime mover behind the establishment of the Medal in honour of the 1st Duke of Wellington, who founded the Institute. General Kiszely will then give a short speech reflecting on his book, before taking questions from the audience. The evening will end with a drinks reception, open to all RUSI members.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sabrina Downey at sabrinad@rusi.org.