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‘The Battle of Nonne Bosschen November 1914’ by Vern Littley

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Vern Littley will be giving a presentation on The Battle of Nonne Bosschen November 1914.   This battle occurred towards the end of the first battle of Ypres. The German High Command put together a Corps comprising Prussian Guard divisions (from Army Group Fabeck) and attempted to outflank the Guards division in Polygon Wood when the French Zouav…


1914 The Memoirs of a Volunteer by Harry Fellows

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[This article first appeared in Stand To! No 11 Summer 1984 pp.34-35. At this time, there were more than 170 members of the Western Front Association who were veterans of the First World War, like Harry Fellows they shared reminiscences, their memoirs, diaries and letters. Members of the WFA have access to a growing online archive of back issues of…


035: Summer 1992

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'Territorial Gunners at War' by Terry Dean

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Terry is well known to all as the editor of Despatch and an active member of the branch.  This new talk is being given for the first time and concerns the Territorial Gunners at war.


'The ones who went first: the officers of the BEF in 1914’ by Andrew Duncan

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In this talk Andrew will look at the military training and education of the pre-war junior officers and how this applied to their experience ‘at the sharp end’ during the early months of the war. He will examine the initial war of movement to the ‘siege-like’ trench offensive which had developed by the end of 1914. The survivors of these first mon…


'The 1914 experience of Lancashire regiments' by Terry Dean

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The talk covers the major events from declaration of war on 4 August to the end of the First Battle of Ypres in November 1914. Included are reports on the experiences of Lancashire's infantry and cavalry regiments that helped shape the course of history. The Lancashire units were spread through the five cavalry and infantry divisions which initial…


059: September 2000

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078: January 2007

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100: June 2014 Centenary Edition

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'Impressive in its Futility: The Case of the German High Seas Fleet' by Professor John Derry

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Professor John Derry will be giving a talk on the German High Seas Fleet. One of the reasons for growing Anglo-German antagonism before 1914 was the German decision to build a modern battlefleet, triggering a naval arms race. Though the German High Seas Fleet was an excellent navy – well-trained officers and men, superbly designed capital ships an…


Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British deaths in the Great War

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Arthur Hughes-Onslow was born in 1862. He joined the 10th Hussars at Lucknow, India and stayed in the regiment for 20 years. Along the way, he acquired the nickname of 'Junks', although he had no idea why it was given to him. It soon became the name by which he was known by family, friends, the racing public and fellow soldiers alike. Everyone w…


'Hunted...With All The Hounds' - 24th August 1914 - The Day After Mons by Sean Godfrey

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Historically accepted as the first day of the 'Great Retreat' the vicious engagements of the 24th August are often forgotten. However British casualties on this day were higher than the casualties for the Battle of Mons. This talk looks at the actions of this day, in particular at Frameries, Wasmes, Elouges and Audregnies.  


In Search of the Chums - Researching The Old Contemptibles' Association by Andrew Thornton

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Andrew will talk about the history of The Old Contemptibles’ Association, the legacy they left behind, and some stories of the Chums that he has researched over the years.


The Opening and Closing Shots Tour

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The Tayside Branch is organising a coach tour to the Western Front in June 2019. The 2019 WFA Tayside  tour to the Western Front takes a look at the less visited and less examined parts of the British and Empire campaign that took place at the beginning and end of the Great War.  First, the period before both sides went to ground in the trenches i…


BRANCH TOUR - "The Opening and Closing Shots"

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The 2019 WFA Tayside  tour to the Western Front takes a look at the less visited and less examined parts of the British and Empire campaign that took place at the beginning and end of the Great War.  First, the period before both sides went to ground in the trenches in September 1914, and second the final months when troops left the trenches behind…