The Armies of 1917 Saturday, 1st April 


Conference being held at:


The Institute of Historical Research

Senate House

Malet St





Register with Eventbrite for tickets : Click here 
£40.00 discounted to £35 for full members of the British Commission for Military History and The Western Front Association 
£30 for speakers and members who hold valid Student ID.
The price includes refreshments at the break and a sandcich lunch with wine. 

Further information on the conference see below.


This event follows on from the successful conference on 'Armies in 1914', which was held in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The BCMH, in partnership with the Sir Michael Howard Research Centre for the History of War, King's College London and The WFA, is organizing this conference on the 'Armies of 1917'.


Keynote speakers


Dr David Zabecki, formerly Visiting Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis

Professor William Philpott, Dept. of War Studies, King's College London.


09.30-10.00 – Registration and coffee


10.00-11.30: Parallel Sessions



Panel I: Morale and motivation in 1917 

  • Tom Thorpe – Between mutiny and the mission: the paradox of unit cohesion in the BEF’s 56th Division during 1917
  • Dr Tony Cowan – A Picture of German Unity? Federal Contingents in the German Army
  • Michael Orr – Bunny and his artillery company: Command and Morale in 2nd Battalion Honourable Artillery Company in 1917


Panel II: The British and the Arab armies in the Middle East

  • Dr John Peaty – Lawrence and the Arab Revolt
  • John Alexander – Sideshow of a Sideshow: British Strategic Culture and the Northern Arab Army of 1917
  • Dr Paul Knight – The Second Battle of Ramadi, Mesopotamia, 1917 – evidence of the Manoeuverist Approach to Warfare?


11.40-12.30: First Keynote

  • Dr David Zabecki: General Fritz von Lossberg, Germany’s “Lion of the Defensive” at Third Ypres


12.30-13.30: Lunch


13.30-14.30 Panel III: The evolving British Army 

  • Dr Paul Harris – The British Army Staff System in 1917
  • Philip Pratley – Irish Soldiers One Year On: The Changes of 1917


14.30-15.30: Panel IV: The Emergence of Armoured Warfare

  • Dr Tim Gale - The development of French armoured warfare doctrine in 1917
  • Robert Robinson – Learning the Logistics of Armour in the British Army


15.30-16.00: Afternoon tea


16.00-16.45: Second Keynote

  • Professor William Philpott – Underperforming or overachieving? The French army in 1917.


17.00 Conference closes

Fruther information can be obtained from the Secretary General of The British Commission for Military History, Mr Andy Grainer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by going to The British Commission for Military History website. 

Full programme available as a download attachment below

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