• READ THE STORY: The 'Unknown Major' no more

    READ THE STORY: The 'Unknown Major' no more

    Researched by David Tattersfield, the Vice Chairman of The Western Front Association, this detective story shows how a c…

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  • REMINDER: Up Coming WFA National and Regional Conferences

    REMINDER: Up Coming WFA National and Regional Conferences

    Tally Ho Centre, Birmingham : 2 June 2018 7th President's Conference 'German Spring Offensives'   Availability: al…

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  • THEATRE: 'Dear Chocolate Soldier' : From 1 June

    THEATRE: 'Dear Chocolate Soldier' : From 1 June

    Over a hundred years ago,  a soldier in the trenches, Edwin Hassall of Leek found a Nestlé chocolate packet in a tr…

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  • TICKETS SELLING FAST: 'German Spring Offensives' 7th Western Front Association President’s Conference 2 June

    TICKETS SELLING FAST: 'German Spring Offensives' 7th Western Front Association President’s Conference 2 June

    If you are interested in attending the 7th WFA President’s Conference 'German Spring Offensives' on 2 June then please…

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  • BOOK NOW: ‘1918-2018: The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’

    BOOK NOW: ‘1918-2018: The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’

    ‘1918-2018: The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’   This important and unique conference will be taking …

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  • INTERVIEW: Sir Hew Strachan Patron of The Western Front Association

    INTERVIEW: Sir Hew Strachan Patron of The Western Front Association

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  • SPECIAL OFFER: 'Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front: A comparison' edited by Michael LoCicero with contributions from Gary Sheffield, Stephen Chambers and others.

    SPECIAL OFFER: 'Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front: A comparison' edited by Michael LoCicero with contributions from Gary Sheffield, Stephen Chambers and others.

    Announcing the launch of the Western Front Association / Helion publication: Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Galli…

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  • INTERVIEW: Jon Cooksey, Editor 'Stand To!' for over 10 Years

    INTERVIEW: Jon Cooksey, Editor 'Stand To!' for over 10 Years

    Jon Cooksey talks about his role as the editor of the journal of The Western Front Association 'Stand To!'. Archived …

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  • BUY the Limited Edition mug featuring Sir Douglas Haig's 'Backs to the Wall' Order of 11th April.

    BUY the Limited Edition mug featuring Sir Douglas Haig's 'Backs to the Wall' Order of 11th April.

    To commemorate the 1918 Spring Offensive, the Western Front Association has commissioned a Limited Edition mug feat…

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  • Commemorate the Labour Corps for The Unremembered

    Commemorate the Labour Corps for The Unremembered

    The Unremembered project is a national campaign to remember World War One’s army of workers – the Labour Corps. The L…

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  • Remember RAF 100

    Remember RAF 100

    Join the Remember RAF100 project and commemorate air service personnel who lost their lives in WW1 2018 marks the cen…

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  • Join Tull 100 — Football Remembers

    Join Tull 100 — Football Remembers

    Earn your 'No Barriers' medal One hundred years after his death, the achievements of Walter Tull, the first man of bl…

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Benefits of Membership

The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the period 1914-1918, to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during the Great War. It does not seek to glorify war and is non-political. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits. In particular, belonging to the WFA provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. You will also receive our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin in total six times a year.

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Join The WFA

Our aims are 'Remembrance and Sharing the History of the Great War'. You get 6 magazines per year. Currently there is a 3 extra months Free offer - ask office for details. For more information on how to join and what membership options are available, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact the office:
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  • NEXT BRANCH MEETING - MONDAY 28TH MAY 2018

    NEXT BRANCH MEETING - MONDAY 28TH MAY 2018

    28 May 2018 19:00 Leicestershire & Rutland

    The next meeting of the Leicestershire and Rutland Branch will be held on Monday, 28th May which is the Bank Holiday Mon…

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  • 'Der Tag! German Spring Offensive 21st March 1918' by Clive Harris

    'Der Tag! German Spring Offensive 21st March 1918' by Clive Harris

    31 May 2018 19:30 Kent (North West)

    The German Spring Offensive is often remembered for large swathes of ground being captures after years of stalemate o…

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  • Frances Hurd: Lives Interuppted - Ten Young Officers in the Great War

    Frances Hurd: Lives Interuppted - Ten Young Officers in the Great War

    31 May 2018 20:00 Thames Valley

    An impulse bid online bought Frances a damp and dirty box of Edwardian photographs. Amongst them was one of a hockey tea…

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  • Sua Tela Tonanti - a talk by Keith Tebbutt

    Sua Tela Tonanti - a talk by Keith Tebbutt

    02 Jun 2018 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    Sua Tela Tonanti, usually translated as 'to the warrior his arms' was the motto of the Army Ordnance Corps ('Royal' from…

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  • 'Crisis What Crisis?  The U Boat Crisis Reconsidered

    'Crisis What Crisis? The U Boat Crisis Reconsidered

    02 Jun 2018 14:30 Wessex

    Professor Eric Grove makes a welcome first visit to the branch. Professor Groves talk will examine the U Boat Crisis and…

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  • 'From Brandhoek to Camp Bastion' by Jonathan Bell

    'From Brandhoek to Camp Bastion' by Jonathan Bell

    04 Jun 2018 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    From Brandhoek to Camp Bastion by Jonathan Bell   The development of battlefield medical services.   IMAGE:  Surgeo…

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  • 'The Aisne 1918' with David Blanchard

    'The Aisne 1918' with David Blanchard

    05 Jun 2018 19:00 Kent (East)

    David Blanchard will give a talk on The Battle of the Aisne.     IMAGE: Well-equipped German stormtroopers at the 3rd…

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  • "Running Out of Road. Supplying the BEF During the 100 Days Offensives. 1918". - By Rob Thompson

    "Running Out of Road. Supplying the BEF During the 100 Days Offensives. 1918". - By Rob Thompson

    05 Jun 2018 19:30 Chesterfield

    Rob Thompson, an “accidental” military historian who prior to becoming an independent military historian taught at th…

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  • '8th Lincs: In the shadow of Bois Hugo' by Nigel Attar

    '8th Lincs: In the shadow of Bois Hugo' by Nigel Attar

    06 Jun 2018 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    This talk looks at 8th (Service) Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment during the First World War - and this particular Kitch…

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  • member's evening

    member's evening

    07 Jun 2018 19:30 Merseyside

    Accounts from the battlefield tour

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  • FREE: Study Day in Canterbury 'Culture in Captivity: Prisoners of War and Internees during the First World War'

    FREE: Study Day in Canterbury 'Culture in Captivity: Prisoners of War and Internees during the First World War'

    01 Jun 2018 10:30

    Join Gateways to the First World War for a free study day at Westgate Hall, Canterbury, exploring the experiences of Pri…

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  • 7th WFA President’s Conference 'German Spring Offensives' - 2 June 2018

    7th WFA President’s Conference 'German Spring Offensives' - 2 June 2018

    02 Jun 2018 09:00

    7th WFA President’s Conference 'German Spring Offensives'      Speakers:  Dr. Jonathan Boff: Crown Prince Rupprecht …

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  • FREE EVENT: Hidden Culture in Captivity Workshop for all ages

    FREE EVENT: Hidden Culture in Captivity Workshop for all ages

    02 Jun 2018 11:00

    Join us for an explore and discover workshop for all ages. Find out about the varied experiences of prisoners of war, h…

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  • FREE ADMISSION: Hidden Culture in Captivity Lecture & Concert: Prisoners of War 1914-1918

    FREE ADMISSION: Hidden Culture in Captivity Lecture & Concert: Prisoners of War 1914-1918

    02 Jun 2018 18:00

    You are invited to Westgate Hall, in the heart of Canterbury to experience a unique Lecture and concert on Prisoners of …

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  • The Women’s Land Army during the First World War

    The Women’s Land Army during the First World War

    08 Jun 2018 18:30

    Helen Frost will be giving a talk on the Women’s Land Army during the First World War   The focus will be on Northampt…

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  • FREE EVENT: 'Looking Back: Looking Forward: Reflections on the First World War Centernary'

    FREE EVENT: 'Looking Back: Looking Forward: Reflections on the First World War Centernary'

    12 Jun 2018 10:00

    Reflecting on the First World War centenary There has been a great variety of commemorative activity over the last f…

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  • ‘Ascending the Learning Curve: The 32nd Division’s experience on the Western Front’ with Dr Stuart Mitchell

    ‘Ascending the Learning Curve: The 32nd Division’s experience on the Western Front’ with Dr Stuart Mitchell

    13 Jun 2018 17:30

    Dr Stuart Mitchell will be giving a public lecture at the University of Wolverhampton on Wednesday 13 June   The title…

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  • 'Ministry of Munitions Fire Brigade, HM Factory Gretna' with Nigel Crompton

    'Ministry of Munitions Fire Brigade, HM Factory Gretna' with Nigel Crompton

    21 Jun 2018 13:30

    Nigel Crompton of the Ox & Bucks branch is giving a talk called 'Ministry of Munitions Fire Brigade, HM Factory Gret…

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  • 'Towards Victory' The Western Front Association York Conference 2018 - 7 July 2018

    'Towards Victory' The Western Front Association York Conference 2018 - 7 July 2018

    07 Jul 2018 09:00

    The Annual Western Front Association York Conference   Speakers: Taff Gillingham: Tommies in 1918 Dr Peter Hodgkinso…

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  • ‘The Winning Formula’ The Suffolk Branch Annual WWI Conference

    ‘The Winning Formula’ The Suffolk Branch Annual WWI Conference

    11 Aug 2018 10:00

    ‘The Winning Formula’ will be held at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich Saturday 11th August, starting at 10 am. …

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Private George Leonard Collins In 1966, I visited for the first time, the grave of my grandfather, George Leonard Collins, in Vailly-sur-Aisne British Cemetery, France. Image: Grave of Private George Leonard Collins 204071 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in Vailly-sur-Aisne British Cemetery, France.   My grandmother h…

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204071 Private George Leonard Collins,  2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment
Podcasts

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Mentioned in Dispatches By Dr Tom Thorpe Podcasts on all aspects of the Great War from the UK's lea…

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Articles on every aspect of the First World War written by experts in their field. All are examples …

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Education

The Western Front Association was established to further knowledge of the First World War. In develo…

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World War I Book Reviews

World War I Book Reviews

Book Reviews by academics, amateur historians, WFA members and keen readers.

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