Many of you may be aware of the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, which Dr John Bourne founded back in 2003. Up until now it has specialised in the First World War and successfully launched an MA in British First World War Studies back in 2004. However, over the past year the university’s history department has expanded in the direction of military history with the addition of Professor Gary Sheffield and Dr Steffen Prauser. With this growing expertise within the centre a decision was taken to launch an MA in British Second World War Studies, which started last October. It has now been decided to open a new research centre to house the new MA and on May 8 the Centre for Second World War Studies will open its doors. This is all very good news for the development of military history here in the UK and hopefully will spurn on more research in the field.

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