Accomplished author and well respected military historian, Professor Gary Sheffield has travelled all the way from the UK to spend a week researching the collections at the National Army Museum’s military archive. A Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, Sheffield is in Waiouru researching for a new book which he plans to publish in 2020.
Professor Sheffield is studying citizen armies of the British Empire over two generations covering both World War I and World War II. He has been examining the impacts of the citizen soldier on the British Army and the war.
Professor Sheffield has spent his week reading diaries and letters and learning about what the soldiers were thinking about their service, training, and what it was like to be in battle. He said the National Army Museum archive is “one of the best archives I have ever worked in” and thanked museum Archivist Dolores Ho for her research assistance.