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

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


Tickets will also be available on the door


The programme of talks and the speakers are as follows: 


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.



START 09:45 until 16:15


Booking details:

£30 which includes buffet lunch plus tea/coffee.

To book via the website click > HERE 

Or contact The WFA Office: 0207 118 1914


Tickets will also be available on the door 


Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6AP
'Towards Victory' The Western Front Association York Conference 2018 - 7 July 2018, office@westernfrontassociation.com
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