On 11 November 2013 all members of the WFA celebrated our thirty-third anniversary. During these 33 years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and those who died in the years 1914-18. As we move through o...
Stand To! No 98, the journal of the Western Front Association, is now being distributed to current subscribed members of the WFA.
Stand To! is published three times a year in January, May and September.
The Editor is always prepared to consider original articles for publication.
Below you will find the contents list including a link the featured article ...
The WFA 2014 Calendar is now on sale and accepting pre-orders will be despatched commencing mid-October.
The calendar includes 14 high-quality, modern images of scenes from the Western Front today. All images are especially selected from the work of several superb photographers, each of whom has generously donated their work to the WFA for the produ...
The Western Front Association (WFA) is delighted to announce that it has secured the safe storage and preservation of a major archive of over six million Great War soldiers' pension record cards.
Some two years ago, the WFA lea...
Image: my Father, James Reid Christie, the first a head and shoulders photograph showing a medal ribbon of what looks like the 1914 Star, undated but presumably after being commissioned in September 1915. One full length, obviously displaying his Second Lieutenant's Star. Undated but post September 1915, possibly before returning to France or soon ...
The Bulletin is the in-house members' magazine of the WFA. It is published three times a year in March, July and November.
As a subscribed member of the WFA, you will be sent your copy by post as soon as it is published.
The Bulletin , together with your copies of Stand To! which is also sent to you three times a year, form one of the key benefi...
There are two types of each map available:
180gsm matt paper at following sizes:
A3 - £15
A2 - £20
A1 - £25
plus £2.50 p&p for one or more copies.
Delivered in a cardboard tube by Royal Mail.
Giclee archival print on to 330gsm cotton canvas.
Hand stretched on to a 1" depth wooden frame
Supplied with a metal hanging plate ready ...
WFA Tours: dates announced for 2014
Booking arrangements and the detailed itineraries will be announced later this year.
2013 Tours Status
Update July 2013: a new Centenary project for the Butte .
The Butte de Warlencourt, a prehistoric burial mound on the side of the Albert to Bapaume Road, was, during the 1916 Battle of the Somme, a position of great strength for the Germans. It was fortified with barbed wire, riddled with tunnels and defended by machine guns and mortars and stood as a...Read more...
Image: a destroyed British tank with, possibly, one of its former occupants dead in front.
The Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 turned out, for both Britain and Germany, to be a major signpost showing how to break the trench deadlock of the pr...
The large scale loss of life in the First World War is more often than not attributed to engagements in battle or, at least, as a result of enemy action of some sort. However, this is not always the case. The event that caused the greatest number of ...
As the Sopwith Camel approached a dark shape in the gloom of the late May evening, the pilot recognised it as a Gotha bomber – one of those that had been reported in the area that evening. Captain Robert Little - 'Rikki' to his comrades at 203 Squa...
With the intense media coverage of Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day it is hard to imagine that in the late 1980s there was serious talk of these events fading away and the wearing of the poppy was seen to be losing its importance. How times have ...
|Boyd, G F (1877–1930)||Major-General|
|GOC Infantry Division||CB CMG DSO DCM|
|St Paul's School psc||Royal Irish Regiment|
Gerald (Gerry) Farrell Boyd, 'the ranker general', entered the army as a private soldier in the Devonshire Regiment in 1895. He fough...
The debate continues
After all the research, thousands of books, learned papers, and articles, all the different explanations of who is to "blame" for the Great War are still in the running.
Germany by itself, Germany and Austria-Hungary, Austria-Hunga...
The Western Front Association (WFA) was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during The Great War.
Established in 1980 by noted military historian John Giles, the WFA has grown over the years to some 6,000 members worldwide. Please see the Branches Information section for details of your nearest WFA branch.
Through the work of the Association we do not seek to justify or glorify war. We are not a re-enactment society, nor are we commercially motivated. We are entirely non-political. The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of The Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.
Applications for membership are warmly welcomed from anyone of a like mind.
If you would like to learn more, please look through our website. If there is any information on joining you cannot find here, please contact the Membership Office.
The Western Front Association is a Registered Charity No. 298365
Great War Experiences
This sound showreel gives us insight into the lives and experiences of three Australian men who served during the First World War, 1914 - 1919. Recorded in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
Streamed courtesy of the Australian War Memorial and YouTube
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