With Fight to the Finish, Allan Mallinson offers a new and original portrait month by month on “The War to End War,” in which complexities are never lost or sacrificed for the sake of simplicity. Join us on the eve of the Armistice Centenary as he describes the extraordinary story of what happened in those frantic last days and hours before the Armistice was signed in the early morning of 11 November 1918 – high drama, confusion, danger, at times pure farce, human tragedy and ultimately relief at, literally, the eleventh hour.
Few historians are as well placed as Allan Mallinson is to write a comprehensive account of the First World War. A soldier for thirty-five years, serving first with the infantry and then the cavalry, he began writing while still serving. His first book was a history of four regiments of British light dragoons, one of whose descendant regiments he commanded. The Making of the British Army was shortlisted for several prizes, while Mallinson’s centenary history, 1914: Fight the Good Fight – Britain, the Army and the Coming of the First World War won the British Army’s Book of the Year Award.