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National Conference at York '1917'

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A truly spectacular conference is being organised by The Western Front Association on 8 July 2017, which will look at various aspects of the pivotal year of 1917.  The all-day conference will have four key speakers who will address important aspects of the year 1917.  The first speaker will be new Patron of The Western Front Association, Prof Sir…


'Comparing the Somme and Arras' a talk given by Mike Coyle

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Comparing the Somme 1916 and Arras 1917 by Mike Coyle  Both battles were equally fierce, both with heavy losses yet 100 years on the Somme lives in our consciousness , whilst few know of the Battle of Arras.     


'Messines 1917' a talk given by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson, an “accidental” military historian who prior to becoming an independent military historian taught at the “War Studies Group” (Birmingham University). Finding himself in a Twentieth Century Military History class as part of his undergraduate degree, he elected to present a paper on “Lions Led by Donkeys”, only to be surprised by what h…


'Cambrai 1917: The myth of the first great tank battle' a talk given by Bryn Hammond.

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Bryn Hammond is the Head of Collections at the Imperial War Museum, a Military Historian and author. His PhD thesis undertaken at the University of Birmingham was on 'The Theory and Practice of Tank - Other Arms Co-Operation on the Western Front, 1916-1918'. His first degree was in Medieval & Modern History.   IMAGE:  An early model British M…


Western Front 100 Seminar - 1917: Becoming the Senior Partner?

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The Suffolk Branch of the Western Front Association are proud to present a six-year-long centenary event comprising six inter-connected annual seminars with excellent guest speakers.   For 1917: Becoming the Senior Partner?, the fourth in the series, we are proud to present: Professor Alexander Watson 'Turning Point: The War Beyond the Western F…


'The Palestine Campaign of 1917' with Stuart Hadaway

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Stuart Hadaway—From Gaza to Jerusalem: The Palestine Campaigns of 1917 or Defeat into Victory: The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battles of Gaza . Stuart Hadaway is a professional military historian, who has written several books about the campaigns in Egypt and Palestine during the First World War. At the start of 1917, the Egyptian Expeditionary Force stood…


‘Ever More Challenged: The British Army 1917’ by Charles Messenger

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Charles Messenger served for twenty years as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment before becoming a fulltime military historian.  He is the author of nearly 40 books.    The British Army spent 1917 finding and putting into practice solutions to the problems that it had identified in 1916. This was not just in France & Flanders, but other fr…


'Joseph 1917' a presentation by David Hewitt.

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This book tells a true but unusual story. It’s about a man who got caught up in the First World War, but it isn’t just a soldier’s tale. It’s also about the man’s family and home and about what happened to him when he left them behind. And it’s about the things the war made even great men do. Joseph didn’t want to go to war and he fought only bec…


'Guns at Passchendaele 1917’ a talk by Peter Hart

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Peter Hart, Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum. Peter Hart was born in 1955. He went to Liverpool University before joining the Sound Archive at the Imperial War Museum in 1981. He is now Oral Historian at the Archive. He will be talking about Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres, 1917.  IMAGE: photograph of Peter Hart  courtesy of Rog…


‘Too Much of a Good Thing. The Flanders Campaign 1917’ talk by Dr Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson is a military historian at the City University London and was previously a teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham. He is working with the CASS Business School on a cross-discipline collaborative project researching the development of the British Expeditionary Force logistical supply chain, 1914-1924.


Durham WFA First World War Centenary Conference

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Our Guest Speakers introduced by Conference Chairman Prof. John Derry are:   The Nivelle Offensive: Dr David Murphy (Maynooth University, Ireland) The 1917 U-Boat Campaign Reconsidered: Prof. Eric Grove (Liverpool Hope University, Ret'd) German Defence in Depth at Third Ypres: Dr Matthias Strohn (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) The Battle o…


'Comparing The Somme 1916 and Arras' 1917 by Mike Coyle

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Mike Coyle - The Battles of the Somme and Arras compared   Mike is an experienced researcher and writer on Military History. His interest in Arras was sparked by the death of a Great Uncle at Arras in May 2017. He was concerned that few know of Arras whilst all know of The Somme. He has visited the Arras Battle sites several times.   A great de…


The Fifth Annual Great War Exhibition

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The Fifth Annual Great War Exhibition   FREE ENTRY: School parties welcome, but booking is essential. DATES: 4 -11 November TIMES: 10-4 daily.  VENUE: Park Visitors Centre, Park Dr, Birkenhead CH41 8AU CONTACT: Judith Beastall > judithbeastall@hotmail.com TELEPHONE:   Judith Beastall 0151 334 9467  (Visitor Centre) 0151 652 5197   Th…


The German Army in the Offensives of 1917: Arras, the Aisne and Champagne

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By Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword 2015, £25.00, 384pp, 55 ills, 13 maps, notes and refs, 2 appendices (including selective biographical notes, bibliog, index. ISBN: 9– 781–783–463–459 Review by David Filsell This volume of Jack Sheldon’s highly–detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model – employing…


054: January 1999

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065: September 2002

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066: January 2003

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067: April 2003

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‘The basis of our own plans and operations?  German intelligence on the Western Front, 1917' with Dr Tony Cowan

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Dr Tony Cowan will be giving a talk on German Intelligence on the Western Front in 1917.    IMAGE: Australian prisoners of war at the German collecting station following the Battle of Fromelles, France, 20 July 1916. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.


079: April 2007

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097: May 2013

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1917 The Passchendaele Year: The Diary of Achiel van Walleghem

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Reviewed by Stephen Broomfield. In 1913, Achiel van Walleghem was appointed curate to the village of Dickebusch. After the flight of the priest in 1914 he became responsible for the souls of the residents of the village. In 1916, he was forced to move to Reninghelst, but still visited Dickebusch regularly and to care for those still living there (…


I Embarked for France: The War Diaries and letters of an English family in the Great War: Evelyn Ansell, 19th King’s Liverpool Regiment

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Reviewed by Linda Parker. Although this narrative of a family’s journey and the mixed fortunes of war is focused on Evelyn Ansell, its first chapter, describing the end of a family holiday in August 1914, introduces his family as the lens through which the Great War is seen. As Meryl Moore comments 'I read these family letters and lived the war ye…


109: July 2017 Paschendaele Remembered

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The Somme and Beyond: The BEF on the Western Front 1916-1918

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The British Army’s Experience on the Western Front 1916-1918 Written by Peter Simkins ISBN 978 1 78159 312 7 254pp. Maps. Praetorian Press, Barnsley, 2014 WFA members will welcome this book of essays from our President. They are, in effect, a synthesis of a lifetime of deep study of the British Army’s performance on the Western Front. In Everym…


'The Church in the Bog. The Battle of Poelcapelle' with Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will be giving a talk on the Battle of Poelcapelle, October 1917.    Rob Thompson taught at the “War Studies Group” (Birmingham University). He writes about the role of logistics and engineering in the development of BEF’s operational method on the Western Front and is co-organiser of ‘Not So Quiet on the Western Front: The New Mil…