IMAGE: Mark V tank goes into Battle. Courtesy: Imperial War Museum
'FORGOTTEN VICTORY' is a two-day not-for-profit Central London conference on the final campaigns of the First World War. It is organised by the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) and the Western Front Association (WFA). The conference itself takes place on Sat 27 Oct and Sun 28 Oct 2018 at the prestigious Army & Navy Club (The Rag) on London's Pall Mall. The social and residential venue, for the evenings of Fri 26 Oct and Sat 27 Oct, is the popular Union Jack Club, near Waterloo Station.
Sat 27 Oct - Conference programme
08:45 Doors open for registration. Tea and coffee available.
09:30 Intro and Welcome
- Keynote 1: Gary Sheffield British and Dominion Conscripts - Forgotten Soldiers in a Forgotten Victory
- Panel 1: 'At The Sharp End'
Peter Hodgkinson Deconstructing the ‘Weapons System’ - Fourth Army at the Selle
Derek Clayton Decisive Victory: The Battle of the Sambre
Tom Thorpe Military group cohesion in the BEF during 1918: a forgotten key to victory?
Jack Sheldon Im Felde unbesiegt? German Morale and Combat Effectiveness in Autumn 1918
Sandwich lunch: selection of breads with egg and cress, tuna mayonnaise and watercress, salmon and cream cheese, Coronation chicken, mature cheddar and Branston pickle, roast beef and horseradish cream plus crisps, seasonal fruit bowl and freshly brewed tea and coffee
- Panel 2: 'Forgotten Allies?'
Sebastian Lukasik Perfecting Attrition: The U.S. 2nd Division in the Champagne Offensive, Sep-Oct 1918
William Philpott Forgotten Victors: General Marie-Eugène Debeney and the French First Army in the Hundred Days’ Campaign
David Zabecki The Race to Sedan, 6-7 Nov 1918
- Keynote 2: Jonathan Boff Why did Germany Lose?
Day ends: 16:40
Paying Bar open in the Club’s drawing room
Sun 28 Oct - Conference programme
08:45 Doors open for 09:30 start.
Tea and coffee available.
- Keynote 3: Chris Pugsley The New Zealand Division in 1918
- Panel 3: 'Building Blocks'
Linda Parker The Role of the Royal Army Chaplains Department in the last campaigns of the First World War
Geoffrey Vesey Holt The Tank Corps: a Useful but not Essential Arm or Service in 1918
Rob Thompson The Empire Strikes Back: BEF Logistics during the Advance to Victory, 1918
Jane Orr Spanish Flu: the Real Killer of 1918
Sandwich lunch: selection of breads with egg and cress, tuna mayonnaise and watercress, salmon and cream cheese, Coronation chicken, mature cheddar and Branston pickle, roast beef and horseradish cream plus crisps, seasonal fruit bowl and freshly brewed tea and coffee.
- Panel 4: 'Forgotten Fronts'
John Peaty Allenby’s Victory at Megiddo, September 1918
John Alexander A new type of warfare: Air Land Integration at Megiddo
William Franklin Archibald Wavell 1917-1918 – Laying the Foundations of Greatness
- Keynote 4: Jessica Meyer When Tommy Came Limping Home: Caring for the British War Disabled After 1918
16:00 Vote of thanks and future plans
Conference ends 16:15
How to book your conference places
Prices per person per day: £45 BCMH or WFA members, £30 students with valid ID, £60 non-members and non-students. The price includes tea/coffee on arrival and the sandwich lunch.
To book (only via the Internet): Eventbrite conference booking page
Optional social events have been arranged at the Union Jack Club, for the evenings of Fri 26 Oct and Sat 27 Oct. These are a Buffet Reception (Friday) and a Gala Dinner (Saturday). Vegetarian options will be available. The dress code is smart casual.
Fri 26 Oct - pre-conference Buffet Reception £25
18:30 Union Jack Club Bar open
19:00 Welcome drink and launch of reprint of 'To Win A War' by John Terraine with an appraisal by Gary Sheffield
19:30 Buffet dinner (menu below)
20:30 Talk: Rob Thompson The secret move of the Canadians from Ypres to Amiens
Two-course Buffet menu (alternatives available for vegetarians)
- Braised Ox Cheek Limousin in a Guinness Sauce, served with Vichy carrots and green beans, fondant potatoes, dinner rolls, butter and leaf salad
- Apple pie with whipped cream
Sat 27 Oct - Gala dinner £45, inc wine
19:00 Bar open
20:00 Gala Dinner (menu below)
After Dinner speaker: Jack Sheldon
Three-course dinner menu (alternatives available for vegetarians)
- Scottish Smoked Salmon, cucumber and horseradish cream
- Truffled Norfolk chicken breast with sherry sauce, Chantenay carrots, Bubble and Squeak
- Mango Bavarois, ginger honeycomb or Crumble with passion fruit sauce
- 1/3rd bottle of wine
How to book your social events
Please contact Sarah Gunn at the WFA. Either by phone on 020 7118 1914 or via email at email@example.com
The WFA have arranged rooms overnight at the Union Jack Club in Waterloo for the nights of Fri 26 Oct and Sat 27 Oct. The cost per room per night is: £88 single ensuite or £155 double ensuite. Hot buffet breakfast is £9. On Sun 28 Oct, you can check out after immedately breakfast and take your bag to the Army & Navy Club, where it can be stored in the Bag Room until the end of the conference.
How to book your rooms
Please phone the Union Jack Club on 020 7902 6000 option 1 quoting code 119487.
If you have any enquiries, please contact the following people:
- Ticketing/programme: Andy Grainger, BCMH Tel: 07500 582 328 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Conference venue: Colin Wagstaff, WFA Tel: 07906 906 814 email@example.com
- Social events: Sarah Gunn, WFA Tel: 020 7118 1914 firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference is arranged by:
British Commission for Military History, 15 Stafford Way, Bradford BD10 0UT
Western Front Association, BM Box 1914, London WC1N 3XX Registered charity: 298365