Britain at Bay: World War II, 1938-1941

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will kick off the Fall 2022 Perspective Lecture Series by featuring Syracuse University Professor Dr. Alan Allport giving a lecture based on his book, Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War 1938-1941. The lecture is the first of four fall lectures for the theme “Historical Mindedness in a Near-Peer Competitive Environment”. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. EST at USAHEC, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013. The lecture can also be accessed virtually via live stream through

In this lecture, Dr. Alan Allport will analyze World War II’s critical first years and how the United Kingdom’s strategic and political decisions impacted the war's outcome. Dr. Allport studies British efforts to uncover the truth of Britain's military success and effectiveness before the entrance of France and the United States in the Second World War. Through his examination, Dr. Allport weighs the value of statesmen and military commanders’ wartime inputs on British society and culture. Join USAHEC and Dr. Alan Allport to absorb the military and cultural evaluation of Britain’s early WWII involvement and its influence on the post-war world.

Dr. Allport is a professor of History at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, specializing in British history during the First and Second World Wars. His notable publications include Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: the British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 and Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War, which won the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award.

The USAHEC’s Perspectives Lecture Series is a graduate-level speaker program with two lecture seasons per year. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will also be live streamed at Online viewers can participate in the Q/A portion of the event by submitting questions via email at, or direct message the USAHEC Facebook Page at

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