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Western Front Association East Coast Announces Spring 2014 WW1 History Symposium

Western Front Association East Coast Announces Spring 2014 WW1 History Symposium

The Western Front Association East Coast Branch (USA) has announced that it will hold its Spring 2014 Symposium in World War I History on Saturday, 7 June 2014 at the historic Maryland War Memorial Building, Baltimore, MD.  The symposium will feature discussions and presentations by noted historians and authors on various aspects of the history and impact of the First World War.  Also speaking at the symposium will be Mr Robert J Dalessandro, Chairman of the United States World War I Centennial Commission, who will update attendees on the plans and activities of the Commission to date.

As the Branch’s first event of the World War I centenary period (2014-2018), the symposium has a theme largely focuses on events in Europe during the summer of 1914. Included will be displays of WW1 artifacts and memorabilia, door prizes, refreshments, and an opportunity to tour the historic building which was dedicated in 1925 as a memorial to those Marylanders who gave their lives in the First World War.

Among the presentations featured at the symposium are:

  • “Assassination in Sarajevo” - WFA East Coast’s Stephen Miller gives  a then-and-now travelogue which examines the sites and extant artifacts related to the June 28, 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire
  • “Mons and the BEF August 1914? – Historian and author Jon Guttman, military historians Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson and Andrew Rolander of the Marine Corps University, and WFA East Coast’s Alexander Falbo examine both the British and German perspectives as they conduct an audience-interactive panel discussion of the action which set the stage for the pivotal Battle of the Marne.
  • “Death or Deliverance: Canadian Courts Martial in The Great War” – Canadian author Teresa Iacobelli discusses her recent book which draws surprising conclusions about the nature of military justice in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I.
  • “The Birth of Aerial Reconnaissance”  – Historian and Author Jon Guttman examines the world’s first use of the airplane as a provider of real-time tactical and strategic intelligence at the battles of Mons and The Marne on the Western Front, as well as Tannenberg on the Eastern Front.
  • “Thinking Inside the Box: The Arms Race on Land 1905-1914? – Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College recounts the pivotal changes in the nature of armies in the decade before World War I – changes which took unwary strategists and generals by surprise on the outbreak of war.

For full details and registration instructions see the WFA East Coast Spring 2014 Flyer.

 

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Over By Christmas: a seminar reflecting on the events of 1914 - WFA Surrey

Over By Christmas: a seminar reflecting on the events of 1914 - WFA Surrey

Surrey branch of The Western Front Association
Saturday, 28 June 2014

Cost (to include lunch: WFA members £15 (£18 non-members)

Friends Life Social Club - 10 Pixham Lane Dorking RH4 1QA

09:00 Coffee & registration

09:30 Welcome
Ken Pearce, Chairman of the Surrey branch of the Western Front Association

09:40- 10:40 No plan survives contact with the enemy
Dr Jonathan Boff
How everything went wrong for everybody on the Western Front in 1914! The lecture will discuss the plans each side had for war on the Western Front in 1914, and how British, French and German pre-war ideas of strategy, tactics and operations were confounded by events on the ground.

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee

11:10 – 12:10 The Surreys Go to War
Ian Chatfield
The lecture covers the background to the British army of 1914 and comparable European armies and how the Queen's and East Surreys progressed from peacetime soldiers through mobilization and on to meet the Germans near Mons, the subsequent retreat the defence of Ypres. It will also cover the Embodiment of the territorials, their leaving for India and the beginning of the mass recruitment of the citizen army.

12:10 – 13:10 Lunch

13:15 – 14:15 The British Soldier in 1914
Andy Robertshaw
This presentation is an in-depth examination of the uniform, equipment and weapons of the British infantryman in the opening months of the Great War. Ranging from the characteristics of the MKIII Short Magazine Lee Enfield to the advantages of the Mills bomb 1908 Web Equipment the presentation will demonstrate how the men of the BEF went into battle.

14:25 – 15:00 A Village at War
John Callcut
Newdigate is a small village which lies to the south of Dorking on the Surrey/Sussex borders. Little had changed to the general order of life for generations until the outbreak of the First World War. This is the story of how the war the changed the lives of the village folk forever.

15:00 -16:00 Plenary session

16:30 Close of conference

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Dr Jonathan Boff: Is a Lecturer in War Studies at University of Birmingham, where he runs, amongst other courses, the MA in British First World War Studies. His book, Winning and Losing on the Western Front: The British Third Army and the Defeat of Germany, 1918 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
Ian Chatfield: Ian has been the curator of the Surrey Infantry Museum for over ten years and helped them achieve MLA Museum accreditation – the first military museum locally to obtain this status.
Andy Robertshaw: Is a Museum Director, military historian, author, lecturer and broadcaster. He is fascinated by the nut and bolts of military history and is the owner of a trench system which was built as part of an experimental archaeology project.
John Callcut: Is chairman of the Newdigate Local History Society and has edited their magazine for many years. His book entitled A Village at War was published in 2011.
The venue: Friends Life Social Club is an excellent venue for the seminar. The club has ample free parking, a well-stocked bar (serving four guest ales) and a spacious hall for the presentations.

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WFA partnership conference: Reflections on the Great War of 1914-1918

WFA partnership conference: Reflections on the Great War of 1914-1918

Northern College proudly presents in partnership with The Western Front Association a Conference to commemorate one hundred years since the start of the First World War

'Reflections on the Great War of 1914-1918'

Wednesday, 12 November 2014, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Speakers include:

Ritchie Wood – Miners Underground on the Western Front (with a focus on Welsh and Yorkshire miners)
Liza Sentence – Canadian First Nation in World War One (focus on the native Indians)
Rob Thompson – Logistics on the Western Front (how the army was organised)

£10 per ticket which includes light refreshments.

Northern College
Wentworth Castle, Stainborough,
Barnsley S75 3ET.

To book your ticket, please contact Janet Drury on 01226 776006 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 March 2014 16:31 )

Butte de Warlencourt restoration update

Butte de Warlencourt restoration update

As expected, work on the restoration of the Butte de Warlencourt stopped over the winter period. The changes made at the end of last year in terms of new walkways, rails etc have been well received, which is good news indeed. When the better weather arrives in the not too distant future, all the new wood and related will be 'timber treated' for preservation purposes.

The oak benches for the Butte should be in our hands in the next two weeks. Shortly thereafter, via the website and e-news, we aim to issue full details of the Butte bench inscription competition which our President, Peter Simkins, has kindly agreed to judge.

All four benches have been sponsored. Again many thanks to Teddy Noyes, Ron and Irene Mitchell of Intona ltd, Michael Brown Solicitors in Dundee and the WFA's own Kent North-west branch. Further sponsorship opportunities are available, please simply contact me for details.

Discussions have started the information boards to be erected on the Butte. All going to plan, these and the benches will be in situ within the next few months. We are also looking at options regarding slightly extending and bringing the car parking area up to scratch. It's all exciting times which will probably lead to a smaller re-dedication ceremony late summer this year with a fuller event planned to be held in 2016.

As spring dawns, we are giving full thought to the clearing of the sides of the Butte of bushes, branches etc. The aim being to bring the Butte back to a 2014 version of 'bald and beautiful' . For various reasons, including operational, health and safety and insurance, it is unlikely however that this major clearance will be carried out by volunteers. We are 100% committed to engaging the membership with the Butte, however, and will look at all future options of doing so.

Bob Paterson

WFA European Officer.

The two photographs below show the area of the car park

 

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 March 2014 15:38 )

The Great War and the Moving Image Conference

The Great War and the Moving Image Conference

Registration is now open for The Great War and the Moving Image conference at the University of Kent on 15-16 April 2014.

An international conference organised by the University of Kent in conjunction with the University of Southampton and in association with the Imperial War Museum and The Western Front Association.

More information can be found on the conference website at http://www.kent.ac.uk/history/events/conferences/greatwar.htmland below is a copy of the conference poster. Please circulate this information among any members of the Western Front Association who might be interested.

 

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