Sun, Sand, and Spies: Military Intelligence in the Middle East and North Africa (1914 – 1945) with Eamonn Gearon

Sun, Sand, and Spies: Military Intelligence in the Middle East and North Africa (1914 – 1945) with Eamonn Gearon


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Often mocked as an oxymoron, “military intelligence” proved crucial to Allied victories in the deserts and cities of North Africa and the Greater Middle East in both World War I and II.

This revealing presentation investigates what went on behind closed doors in a Cairo hotel and in desert camps from Libya to the Arabian Peninsula through some of the Twentieth Century’s most colorful personalities, including T.E. Lawrence, the men of the Long Range Desert Group, and their successors, David Stirling’s SAS.

Led by an expert on the history of the middle east, Eamonn Gearon, this interactive seminar will explore Allied forces in the middle east during both World Wars. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the main events and principal players in the region during this time period.

This conversation is part of a three-part series with Eamonn Gearon. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Eamonn Gearon is an author, public speaker, and professor of history who lived and worked across the greater Middle East – from Kabul to Casablanca – for more than 20 years. As well as living in the Sahara with the Bedu, Eamonn did a number of solo, camel-powered expeditions … and never lost money when re-selling a camel! The author of three lecture series on Middle Eastern history and culture for The Great Courses, Eamonn also designed and is responsible for delivering Middle East and North Africa (MENA) area studies training for both the British and American governments: the FCDO & US Department of State.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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M.L.S.
Fascinating dessert romp

What a great seminar. Prof Gearon was a terrific presenter, with real personal experience of the topics covered. I look forward to the other presentations in his trilogy

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D.L.
Exceptional Guide to the Sahara

Eamonn is an extremely engaging and well-prepared lecturer as well as knowledgable guide to the history of Northern Africa, We came away with lots of new insight and resources for further exploration. Eamon's personal experiences, scholarly research and humor all added to a great experience.

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Sun Sand & Spies

Excellent presentation

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excellent and informative lecture

It was very interesting and the lecturer was very well prepared. I would attend more lectures by Eamonn Gearon

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Based on 8 reviews
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M.L.S.
Fascinating dessert romp

What a great seminar. Prof Gearon was a terrific presenter, with real personal experience of the topics covered. I look forward to the other presentations in his trilogy

D
D.L.
Exceptional Guide to the Sahara

Eamonn is an extremely engaging and well-prepared lecturer as well as knowledgable guide to the history of Northern Africa, We came away with lots of new insight and resources for further exploration. Eamon's personal experiences, scholarly research and humor all added to a great experience.

M
M.G.
Sun Sand & Spies

Excellent presentation

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A.
excellent and informative lecture

It was very interesting and the lecturer was very well prepared. I would attend more lectures by Eamonn Gearon