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EXPERTISE
After Dinner Speaking
History - General
History - Military
History - Naval
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BIOGRAPHY
Anthony Coutts-Britton is an experienced battlefield guide and history lecturer. He covers many aspects of history but specialises in the areas of Politics and Conflict. He served in the Army, holding staff and command posts.

His second career as an international civil servant in NATO included political posts in Allied Command Europe. He held a senior post in the Partnership for Peace Programme for its first five years, dealing with the states of the former Warsaw Pact and the Neutral nations. His engagement in the political interface with the emerging democracies helped to enable the rapid expansion of NATO.

His battlefield touring encompasses commercial groups of all ages and professional development groups, including high-level organisations such as the Royal College of Defence Studies. He is a Fellow of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

His lecture subjects continue to grow and he is regularly engaged as a dinner speaker and lecturer on a wide variety of subjects. As a cruise ship speaker he has been engaged by numerous lines to include Noble Caledonia and Swan Hellenic. Since its launch in 2015, he has sailed with every ship in the Viking Ocean Fleet. His thirty plus cruises with Viking have taken him to the Americas, the Far East and European waters. He was appointed as the first Viking Resident Historian, in 2017 and exercises that role in tandem with Guest Lecturer appointments.

He graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the University of Maryland (History, Summa cum Laude).





TALK TITLES
THE GREAT WAR

THE SHOT THAT SHOOK THE WORLD
The prelude to war

FIRST SHOT, FIRST CHARGE
The story of the Battle of Mons, the first British Army battle of the War

THE MIRACLE OF THE MARNE
How the headlong retreat was turned into a vast counter attack and ended in the trench line which stretched from the North Sea to Switzerland

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE 1914
The end of innocence. The myth of the football match

IN FLANDERS' FIELD
Ypres Campaign put into the context of the War and covers the overview of the strategy as well as covering the human aspects of life at the Front.

"COMMIT THE RESERVE"
First day of the Somme with 60,000 casualties

WAR ART AND POETRY
The artists and the poets, examination and meaning of their work

WOMEN AT WAR**
The role of women during the Great War and the legacy for British Society

ANIMALS AT WAR**
The Real War Horse Story

ONE WAR, FOUR ARMIES
How Britain went through the War with its four very different armies from the outbreak to the Armistice; the Professionals, the Territorials, the Volunteers (Kitchener's Lambs) and the Conscripts.

GALLIPOLI
A bold venture ends in the failure to knock Turkey out of the Great War


SECOND WORLD WAR

THE MIRACLE OF DUNKIRK
To fight another day. The myth of the small ships

DAY OF DAYS
Covers the build up to and execution of Operation Overlord (D Day).

ON TO BERLIN
The breakout from the D Day beaches and the beginning of the liberation of the Continent

FRANCE AT WAR
Occupation by the enemy and two national identities divides the French

"GET OUT OF THAT THEN"
The story of Colditz, the POW Camp for hard case escapers

THE FALL OF SINGAPORE
The disastrous defence of the Malay Peninsula 1942

A SAD CHRISTMAS DAY
The fall of Hong Kong 1941

THE FORGOTTEN ARMY
14th Army's victory in Burma

THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD
Two and a half years of siege turns the tide in Russia and begins the retreat to Berlin

NORWAY AT WAR
A two month war followed by five years of gallant resistance

THE ARCTIC CONVOYS
A fierce war for survival in an Arctic wilderness of the North Atlantic

NAPOLEONIC

ENGLAND'S WOODEN WALLS
Royal Navy blockade of the French Channel ports - "Hornblower and all that"

LIFE IN NELSON'S NAVY
Shipboard life, the food, the discipline, the guns and Trafalgar

"WHO WILL STOP ME"
Napoleon's escape from Elba, his landing in France and the march to Paris

CORRUNA (Very suitable for an Iberian Peninsula cruise)
The fighting retreat and eventual withdrawal of the British Army in Spain covered by the Light Division

A DAMNED CLOSE RUN THING
The Waterloo Campaign and the last great battle

CRIMEA

GALLANT 600
The real story of the Charge of the Light Brigade

NO PLACE FOR LADIES
Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, Fanny Duberly; the Lamp, the Canteen and the Camp Followers

MEDIEVAL

THE CRUSADES

"ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH" (THE CAMP[AIGNS OF HENRY V)

ONE CRESCENT, TWO CROSSES, THREE EMPIRES
Islam, the Great Schism and the empires of the Mediterranean

ROMAN EMPIRE

ROMAN PROVENCE
"Provincia Nostra", the first of the Roman provinces. Its trade, life and architecture

ROMAN ARMY IN BRITANNIA
The turbulent province; highlighting operations against Boudicca and the Druids

THE RISE AND FALL OF WESTERN ROME
From a village on the marshes of the Tiber, to a vast empire and its demise in the West

THE FALL OF CONSTATINOPLE 1453
The fall of Constantinople ends a Roman empire which has lasted two thousand years

RELIGION AND CULTURE

POPES OF AVIGNON
The seven popes of Avignon and a few others too

A VERY BRITISH SCHISM
The Reformation's curious child; the Anglican Church

THE RECONQUEST OF SPAIN
Defeating the Saracens and uniting Christian Spain

THE MAKING OF NATIONS

SPANISH CIVIL WAR
A nation divided. The involvement of Germany, the Soviet Union, Communism and the International Brigade

THE FALL OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
The end of an old empire and the rise of modern Turkey

FINLAND'S STRUGGLES
Sandwiched between the might of Sweden and Russia, Finland struggles for independence over centuries

THE KINGDOM OF SCOTLAND
The story of Scotland's development until the Act of Union in 1707

THE IRISH TROUBLES
Domination by England, eventual freedom for part of the island and the troubles which continue to this day

THE VIKING GOLDEN AGE
800AD - 1200AD

CARIBBEAN

THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR 1898
The beginning of the" American Empire". Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Philippines and Guam

SUGAR AND SLAVERY
The unbreakable link between the slave trade and the World's craving for sugar

THE CARIBBEAN IN WW2
An active area of operations for German and Italian submarines; the growing reliance on Venezuelan oil and aid to the Soviet Union

NELSON IN THE WEST INDIES
His early life and loves in the Caribbean and its part in the Trafalgar story

THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS
The dramatic unfolding of the crisis which almost led to war
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Fred Olsen M1828 WW1 Centenary Cruise 8-15 Nov 2018 Braemar

Noble Caledonia SCSE181218 Christmas and New Year in the Caribbean
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Sky SK210926 Italian Sojourn 7 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Sunday, September 26, 2021
Viking Sky SK210919 Iconic Western Mediterranean 7 Barcelona Sunday, September 19, 2021
Viking Venus VE210605 Englandís Scenic Shores 7 Portsmouth Saturday, June 5, 2021
Viking Venus VE210529 Englandís Scenic Shores 7 Portsmouth Saturday, May 29, 2021
Viking Venus VE210522 Englandís Scenic Shores 7 Portsmouth Saturday, May 22, 2021
Viking Sun SU200211 World Cruise 2019 - 2020 Sector 10 27 Sydney Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Viking Sky SK200110 Turquoise Caribbean Seas 7 Miami, Florida Friday, January 10, 2020
Viking Sky SK191227 Panama Canal & Central America 14 Miami, Florida Friday, December 27, 2019
Viking Sky SK191216 Mid Atlantic Crossing 11 Lisbon Monday, December 16, 2019
Viking Jupiter JU191101 Mediterranean Odyssey 12 Venice Friday, November 1, 2019
Viking Jupiter JU191020 Mediterranean Odyssey 12 Barcelona Sunday, October 20, 2019
Viking Sun SU190706 British Isles Explorer 14 Greenwich, London Saturday, July 6, 2019
Viking Orion OR190326 Bangkok, Bali & Beyond 12 Bali Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Viking Orion OR190310 Komodo & the Australian Coast 16 Sydney Sunday, March 10, 2019
Viking Orion OR190224 Australia & New Zealand 14 Auckland Sunday, February 24, 2019
Viking Orion OR180923 Southeast Asia & Hong Kong 14 Bangkok (from Laem Chabang) Sunday, September 23, 2018
Viking Sky SK180414 Trade Routes of the Middle Ages 14 Barcelona Saturday, April 14, 2018
Viking Sea SE180215 West Indies Explorer 10 San Juan Thursday, February 15, 2018
Viking Sea SE180205 South America & the Caribbean 10 San Juan Monday, February 5, 2018
Viking Sky SK171029 Around the Caribbean Sea 14 New York Sunday, October 29, 2017
Viking Star ST170923 Trade Routes of the Middle Ages 14 Bergen Saturday, September 23, 2017
Viking Sky SK170617 Into the Midnight Sun 14 Bergen Saturday, June 17, 2017
Viking Sea SE170416 Scandinavia to Spain 28 Barcelona Sunday, April 16, 2017
Viking Sea SE170404 Mediterranean Odyssey 12 Venice Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Viking Sea SE170326 Empires of the Mediterranean 9 Athens (from Piraeus) Sunday, March 26, 2017
Viking Sea SE170317 Empires of the Mediterranean 9 Venice Friday, March 17, 2017
Viking Sea SE161204 Empires of the Mediterranean 9 Athens (from Piraeus) Sunday, December 4, 2016
Viking Sea SE160925 Empires of the Mediterranean 9 Athens (from Piraeus) Sunday, September 25, 2016
Viking Star ST160501 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Sunday, May 1, 2016
Viking Star ST160207 Mediterranean Explorer 14 Barcelona Sunday, February 7, 2016
Viking Star ST150725 Viking Homelands 14 Stockholm Saturday, July 25, 2015