National Conference "1918: Towards Victory"
07 Jul

The Western Front Association's 2018 York Conference Saturday 7th July


National Conference "1918: Towards Victory"


Tommies in 1918

Taff Gillingham

Taff is a professional military adviser for film, television and theatre. He is one of the foremost authorities on the experience of British soldiers in the Great War. The talk will look at the British soldiers in 1918 and address several key questions:

What was the changing make up of the army and how were conscripted recruits trained to a high standard? How did infantry tactics evolve with greater firepower available? What were the reasons for their success in the final hundred days?



The Battle of the Selle 17-18th October 1918

Dr Peter Hodgkinson

The talk is based on Peter's doctorate supervised by WFA President, Prof Peter Simkins. The Battle of the Selle was a success despite the lack of the 'all arms battle' which was the key to success in other attacks in 1918.  A failure of intelligence meant that artillery, airpower and armour were unable to support the infantry effectively. The talk explains how the infantry fighting a 'soldier's battle' were able to overcome strong German resistance and achieve a remarkable success.



From the Battle of Montdidier to the Battle of Guise - The French Army in the 100 Days Campaign

Dr Tim Gale

Tim has written a book on French tanks and the development of armoured warfare in the Great War and has contributed several chapters on the role of the French army.

The contribution of the French in the Hundred Days campaign is less well known to British audiences. The talk will explain how the French were so successful in this period.



Politics and Strategy in the making of the November 1918 Armistice

Prof David Stevenson

David Stevenson is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics.

The fighting proceeded with no lack of tempo during the weeks of negotiations during October and November and the consent of all the warring powers was needed for an armistice. The talk explains the politics and strategy behind the agreement of the armistice.


Doors open at 09.00

Conference starts at 09.45 and will close at about 16.15

Venue: Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, YO26 6PA

Price: £30 - includes buffet lunch plus tea/coffee


Tickets will also be available on the door 


To book please visit the WFA website or call Sarah in the WFA office on 0207 118 1914

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907
07 Jul 2018 09:30