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The Second Battle of the Somme or Operation Michael March 1918

The Second Battle of the Somme or Operation Michael March 1918

In 2012, the WFA's Bulletin printed "My Father's War" over 3 issues. This was an account of my father's experiences in the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, from his part at Audregnies, the day after Mons in August 1914, when he was the regiment's junior...


The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples of incidents and accidents throughout the Great War that resulted in injury, loss of life or damage to property. Perhaps the most...


The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

Recent British television programmes gave us the views of leading historians on where the blame for the Great War lay and, in particular, whether Britain should have joined in or could have avoided it. We have also been treated to a dramatic account ...


27 November 1914 Jaeger Eugen Mayer

27 November 1914 Jaeger Eugen Mayer

Jäger Eugen Mayer, 3 Rgt d Tir K J.

An accountant from Dornbirn, Austria, Eugen was born on 3 June 1893. Already a serving soldier at the time of the outbreak of war, he spent the first weeks of the war engaged in border guard activities within Austr...


Richard Hughes: on remembering 1914-18

Richard Hughes: on remembering 1914-18

For those of us who have been members of the Western Front Association for many years, it has sometimes seemed as if the Centenary would never arrive. Now it has, the Association must embrace the opportunity – perhaps the best opportunity we will h...


Friday, 27 November 1914

Friday, 27 November 1914

Defence of the Realm Act (DORA).

£350,000,000 War Loan over-subscribed.

Russians evacuating Lodz (Poland).

Hindenburg promoted Field Marshal.



What is The Western Front Association?

newlogo50hThe Western Front Association (WFA) was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during The Great War.

Established in 1980 by noted military historian John Giles, the WFA has grown over the years to some 6,000 members worldwide. Please see the Branches Information section for details of your nearest WFA branch.

Through the work of the Association we do not seek to justify or glorify war. We are not a re-enactment society, nor are we commercially motivated. We are entirely non-political. The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of The Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.

Applications for membership are warmly welcomed from anyone of a like mind.

If you would like to learn more, please look through our website. If there is any information on joining you cannot find here, please contact the Membership Office.

The Western Front Association is a Registered Charity No. 298365

Great War Video

British naval propaganda - Sea Dreams (1914)

Maintaining public confidence in Britain's naval prowess was a key propaganda priority in the Great War. Here, celebrated illustrator Lancelot Speed conjures up images of Drake and Nelson to contrast with the more recent ambitions of the German navy. By a fortunate coincidence, the film was released just two days after Britain's victory at sea in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

Streamed courtesy of the BFI and YouTube.

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Chairman stands down

At the annual lunch following the WFA's 11 November WFA Cenotaph and Guards Chapel events,...


WFA Office – Job Opportunity

Following the decision of John and Heather Richardson to stand down, the WFA welcomes appl...


Vacancy for WFA Branch Co-ordinator

Following the tragic loss of David Easton as WFA Branch Co-ordinator and Trustee, there is...


John and Heather Richardson to stand down from WFA duties

It's the end of an era as Membership Trustee John Richardson and his wife Heather have dec...


WFA 2015 Spring Conference and AGM

The thirty-fourth WFA Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 18 April 2015,...

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