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James Porter

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Locations Covered​

- South West




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Profile Bio

I am a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. I retired in 2011 after 41 years service which took me to Northern Ireland, West Germany, Berlin, Norway, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Belize and Sub-Saharan Africa. After the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst I have commanded an infantry platoon, company and battalion, attended the Army Staff College, been an instructor company commander at Sandhurst, and spent 3 years testing and selecting potential army officers, plus two tours of duty in the Ministry of Defence. I am arctic warfare trained. Since retirement I have worked as a freelance yacht skipper/instructor and am Chairman of my local Royal British Legion Branch, as well as being a member of various village committees. I also run a military history group that meets monthly. Coming from a military family, I have been interested in military history all my life and have led, organised or taken part in various battlefield tours and am an associate member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Talk Description

The Battle of Agincourt 1415

The battle of Agincourt in 1415 was the third and last of the three great English victories in the Hundred Years War. It was a victory achieved against fearful odss by King Henry V and a small army, trapped, weakened by fatigue and hunger, and facing almost certain death in the face of overwhelming numbers.
By the end of the day, and owing much to English archery, the flower of the nobility of France together with thousands of common soldiery lay dea, while the English suffered very few casualties and made their escape to calais. In this talk I describe the dynastic and geopolitical background to The Hundred Years War, the victories of Crecy and Poitiers, the nature of the two armies and their weaponry. I cover the 1415 campaign by King Henry, describing the Battle of Agincourt in detail, together with the aftermath and the end of Th Hundred Years War. The talk lasts about an hour but may be shortened to 45 minutes if you wish.

Other Talks

The Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and the Battle of Sedan.
Disaster at Isandlwana 1879
The German Occupation of The Channel Islands in WW2
The Battle of Crecy 1346
The Barons War 1264-1265
The Wormhout Massacre 1940
D-Day 1944
The Battle of Hastings 1066
Life and Death of the German Battleship Bismarck
The Battle of Cannae 216 BC
The Final Flight of Lancaster Bomber PB 848
German Destroyer Actions of WW2
The Battle of Poitiers 1356
Batterie Mirus on Guernsey in WW2
The Lochnagar Mine 1916
Camouflage and Deception in War
The Battle of Sedgemoor 1685
Custer's Last Stand 1876
The Invasion of Sicily 1943
The Falklands War 1982

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