The Perse School

War from the Ground Up

Old Persean Emile Simpson gave a presentation on Friday 4 October to the History Society on “War from the Ground Up”. Emile left The Perse in 2001, studied History at Oxford and then joined the Army where he served in the Gurkhas. He completed three tours of duty in Afghanistan before becoming a visiting defence fellow at Oxford. His book War from the Ground Up: 21st Century Combat as Politics has received favourable reviews in the national press. Over 60 students attended Emile’s talk, which provided a unique insight into the conflict in Afghanistan and the difficulties in overcoming the Taliban insurgency.

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