Historical military practices will be examined in the latest course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL). “The Changing Face of Battle, 1415-1916” will be taught by Dr. Robert V. Gates, a Naval Surface Warfare Center retiree, on November 4, 11, and 18 (Fridays), from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Dahlgren Heritage Museum in King George.
This course will explore the changing nature of war by looking at three battles that took place at nearly the same geographic location, but in different centuries. Dr. Gates will use the battles of Agincourt (1415), Waterloo (1815), and the Somme (1916) to address three dimensions of warfare—weapons, tactics, and medicine—and the different rates at which these developed. Each battle will be considered in context and discussed in detail. Dr. Gates based this course on a concept developed by noted military historian John Keegan in his book “The Face of Battle.”
Dr. Gates was technical director of the Indian Head Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center until his retirement, and is now vice president of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation and president of the RCC Educational Foundation. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the United States Naval War College.
Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Changing Face of Battle, 1415-1916” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2016.