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WFA Front Forum closes

WFA Front Forum closes

The WFA's Executive Committee has decided to withdraw the WFA Front Forum because it would require a software upgrade which would involve considerable work and expense, whilst it was felt that the Forum was not of material benefit to the WFA.

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:30 )

Notification of Annual General Meeting 2014

 Notification of Annual General Meeting 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the thirty-third Annual General Meeting of The Western Front Association will be held at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 5 April 2014 at the RAF Museum London, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, London NW9 5LL

Mr Steve Oram
Honorary Secretary
1 February 2014

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Chairman's Opening Remarks

3. To receive the President's Address

4. To confirm the Minutes of the 32nd Annual Meeting held on 27 April 2013

5. To receive the report of the Committee from the Chairman

6. To approve the audited accounts for the financial year ended 31 October 2013

7. To appoint Booth Ainsworth LLP as auditors

8. Election of Trustees

9. Trustees' recommendation to elect Tim Cook^ and Roger Lee^^ Vice Presidents

10. Any other business

Please Note: we request that items for 'Any Other Business' are notified in writing to the Hon Secretary before the meeting starts, or written in the Attendance Book at the registration desk in the RAF Museum to ensure that the correct Trustee is briefed to answer the question.

Programme for the Day

From 10.30am tea, coffee & biscuits**

11.00am lecture, Luci Gosling, Business Development Manager, Mary Evans Picture Library: 'Dark Streets & Light Laughter—Amusements & Entertainment during the Great War'

12.00 noon Annual General Meeting

1.00pm Buffet Lunch for those having pre-paid within the 20 March 2014 deadline.

2.15pm Centenary Update

2.45pm lecture by Dr Peter Hodgkinson, Military Historian & Chartered & Clinical Psychologist: 'Battalion Commanders on the Western Front in 1914'

4.00pm finish of proceedings with tea/coffee available
**tea, coffee & biscuits ONLY for those notifying attendance to Secretary no later than 20th March 2014 (it costs the WFA and we do not wish to waste members' money by over-ordering)

^Tim Cook is a Historian at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. He has studied Canada and the Great War for over a decade and one of his books won the prestigious C P Stacey Award for the most distinguished book in Canadian military history. He has also published extensively in academic and popular journals in Canada and around the world, one of his articles winning the Moncado Award from the Society of Military Historians. He is also an adjunct professor of research at Carleton University in Ottawa.

^^Roger Lee has been Head of the Australian Army History Unit since 1996, directly responsible to the Chief of Army. Prior to that, he was at the Joint Services Staff College responsible for strategic studies and military theory course components. He has played a leading role in recent efforts to exhume and identify the remains of Australian soldiers at sites including Westhoek Ridge, Messines and Fromelles. He is one of Australia's most respected military historians.

 

A copy of the full notice of meeting and the Financial Report and Accounts will be sent to all members via the next edition of Bulletin. A copy will be available from here once produced.

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 March 2014 22:20 )

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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