In this talk Andrew will look at the military training and education of the pre-war junior officers and how this applied to their experience ‘at the sharp end’ during the early months of the war. He will examine the initial war of movement to the ‘siege-like’ trench offensive which had developed by the end of 1914. The survivors of these first months of fighting were to become the commanders in the final years of the war. Andrew Duncan received his PhD from the University of Birmingham where is currently a Teaching Fellow in Military History. His research interests include the British Army of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly military education.