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030: Winter 1990

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036: Winter 1992

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The Imperial War Museum Book of the Somme

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Book Review by Bob Butcher. It was with a certain feeling of 'We've been here before' that I opened this book, afterall, had not so many already explored the Somme from every angle? Moreover I am not too keen on books consisting largely of personal accounts, valuable though these may be. Nonetheless I had not turned many pages before I became engr…


At the Eleventh Hour. Reflections, Hopes and Anxieties at the Closing of the Great War. 1918

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Book Review by Bob Wyatt. This book deals with the Aftermath as it was being experienced by men and women all over the world, and the editors have drawn upon the expertise of scholars to provide a snapshot of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Contributions come from a wide range of historians: Bullitt Lowry on negotiati…


Influenza 1918: The Worst Epidemic in American History

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Book review by Bill Hanigan. [This review first appeared in the journal of The Western Front Association Stand To! Issue No.58 April 2000. This and other copies of the journal of The Western Front Association are available to read online to members by signing in using their Member Login] The jacket of this book describes it as a companion to the …


078: January 2007

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Best Love to All: The letters and diaries of Captain Eric-Rigby Jones, MC and Bar and his Experiences as a Young Officer with the Liverpool Pals on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918

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Reviewed by Phil Curme. The soldier’s experience during the First World War is far from neglected. The number of biographical accounts and published diaries from the First World War so voluminous one might think, there is nothing left to be said. However, every soldier fought his own war and their stories are as varied as the personalities of the …


‘1918-2018: The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’ 6-8 September

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‘1918-2018: The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’   This important and unique conference will be taking place between the 6-8 September 2018 at the University of Wolverhampton. Seven keynote addresses from some of the leading academic authorities on the First World War and its aftermath will be at the heart of the conference, alo…


REMINDER: Up Coming WFA National and Regional Conferences

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  Suffolk : 11 August 2018 Suffolk 5th Annual Centenary Conference '1918 The Winning Formula'   Speakers: Peter Simkins, Jack Sheldon and Peter Hart Panel Discussion chaired by Taff Gillingham VENUE: University of Suffolk in Ipswich Purchase Tickets > HERE         Wolverhampton : 6-8 September 2018 WFA/University of Wolverhampt…


The Battle of the Selle, October 1918

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The Battle of the Selle, October 1918 The Centralisation of Command Sir Douglas Haig always believed in the judgement of the man on the spot, but after the losses to the BEF during the actions of 1914 and 1915, the BEF was ‘deskilled' in this judgement process during the build up to the Battle of the Somme of 1916. The lack of experienced comma…


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…


A Memoir of the Final Advance 1918

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A Memoir of the Final Advance 1918 by Sergeant W G Sweet, 2nd Monmouthshire edited by Barry Johnson (This article first appeared in Stand To! pp13-16 No.30 Winter 1990) Sergeant W G Sweet   The Monmouthshire Regiment of the Territorial Force, sent all three of its first line battalions to the 28th Division in France in 1914-15. The 1st Bn, ra…


The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

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The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 by Dr. David Payne, PhD EurProBiol CBiol MIBiol History records several great pandemics (i.e. country-, continental- or world-wide outbreaks of disease). Prominent among these were the Black Death, 1347-1351, the Great Plague in the 1660s, cholera in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the 1918 infl…


Tom Cormie’s War Diary 1917-18

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'Thomas Cormie, born 16th September 1893 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland was my father', writes Andrew Cormie, featured in this 1965 photograph at a family wedding when Andrew was 22. 'My mother was my father's second wife, Christina M.O. Kinnes', he continues. My birth date is 16th September 1943 so my father became 50 years of age on the day I was…



Germany 1917. The 1987 Presidential Address 'Germany 1917' delivered by the Honorary President John Terraine

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Germany 1917. The 1987 Presidential Address delivered by the Honorary President John Terraine   (This article first appeared in Stand To! 24 Winter 1988 pp 14 - 18)   It was Field Marshal von Hindenburg who said: 1916 spoke a language which made itself heard.' I think he was right: it is important to understand that language, because otherwise…


Britain in the First World War : Lecture given by John Terraine in 1988

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(Lecture given by John Terraine in 1988) The 1914-1918 War was, for Britain, a traumatic experience - hence the emotional reactions to it which continue this day. It was, I am certain, far more traumatic for Britain than for Europeans, and far, far more so than it was for America. It was also far more traumatic for Britain than the Second World Wa…


The Opening and Closing Shots Tour

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The Tayside Branch organised a coach tour to the Western Front in June 2019. Two years after the Branch’s last tour, Tayside WFA returned to the Western Front in June this year. The broad theme, and the title of our tour was “The Opening and Closing Shots” – we were going to selectively concentrate on the two phases of open warfare in the opening …


8 April 1918 : Pte Arthur Algernon Pickles MM

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Parents John (an antique dealer and Sexton) and Hannah. Arthur had a much older brother Hartley, as well a younger brother George and a younger sister Mary Lucy.  Before the war Arthur was a cotton weaver.  His father's first wife had died in 1886. Arthur had to much older half-brothers, Hartley who died in 1983 age 102, and Spensely for whom w…


Peace at Last: A Portrait of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 by Guy Cuthbertson

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Yale University Press, £18.99 293pp, hb, ills, notes, further reading. ISBN: 978–030–023–338–4  ‘It wasn’t a peace treaty, but it was peace’, the author says – and that was how the news of the Armistice was received by relieved citizens and soldiers alike. The author’s account covers events on 11 November 1918, from midnight to midnight, mainly,…


The 'Spanish' Flu Pandemic 1917-19 by Dr Jane Orr

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The 1918 influenza pandemic, colloquially known as Spanish flu, was a deadly influenza pandemic that infected 500 million people around the world.  Probably 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million (three to five percent of Earth's population at the time) died, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history. The German March Offe…


'The Tank Corps in 1918' with Lt-Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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Lt-Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt will be giving a talk he calls 'The Hard Road to Victory' about the The Tank Corps in 1918.

This talk will reveal the important role tanks played in the hard fought defeat of the German Army in 1918. His talk his illustrated through the experiences of some of the leading personalities in the Tank Corps at the time.

Lt Col Geoffrey Vesy Hold

Geo…


The Contemptible Little Army, 1914 -1918

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By Alex Saunt   The story of the expansion and development of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 1914-1918 and how the Contemptible Little Army became a huge, effective machine.   BEF AND THE START The possible conception: In 1904 King Edward, having decided our pretty frosty relationship with France should be improved, went to Paris with the…


Ep. 69 – The German 1918 Spring Offensives – Dr Jonathan Boff

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Dr Jonathan Boff, University of Birmingham, gives a lecture on the German Spring Offensives which happened from March to July in 1918; this talk was given at the WFA’s 7th President’s Conference in Birmingham on 2 June 2018.

Preparations for the Spring Offensive. German troops concentrating in the wrecked streets of St. Quentin, immediately prior to the Spring Offensive, 19 March 1918. © IWM Q 55479


The German Offensives of 1918 by Martin Kitchen

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  Tempus Publishing, 2001, £25, 283pp, index, illus. ISBN 0 7524 1799 1 [This review first appear in the April 2002 edition of Stand To! No. 64. This review and the entire archive of Stand To are available to members via thier Member Login].  Publishers have recently shown two welcome trends in writing about the Western Front. Because of the po…


The German Offensives of 1918: The Last Desperate Gamble by Ian Passingham

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Pen and Sword, £19.99, 181pp, 43 ills, 3 mps, 8appendices, notes, bilio, index. ISBN 184415762-8  Whilst Ian Passingham’s account of the German Spring Offensives of 1918 has enjoyed some harsh judgment on the Great War Forum, it would be a great mistake to over-egg the critical pudding. Whilst Martin Kitchen’s The German Offensives of 1918, publi…


29 July 1918 : Charles Foster

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Second son of William Foster (who owned a brass foundry he had founded) and Emma (née Haig - no relation) At the 1881 England Census the parents had four children and two domestic servants and lived at 63 Savile Park Road, Halifax In March 1881 Charles’s mother died and his younger brother Harold died in June that year. At 2 years old Charles w…


The Camera Returns No.101 : Cambrai, 9 October 1918

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By Bob Grundy and Steve Wall  [This article first appeared in Stand To! Issue 119 October 2020. Members receive Stand To! three times a year, along with our member magazine Bulletin three times a year].  Like everyone else the Camera Returns team were deeply shocked by the sudden death of our friend and mentor Jon Cooksey. We had worked with Jon …


November 1918: The German Revolution by Robert Gerwarth

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£20.00, 368pp, maps and black and white illustrations.  ISBN 978019954647 3.  What a delight – a serious, deeply researched, academic work by a perceptive author with a fascinating ‘story’ line – even if one which commonly creates little British interest – supported by a huge bibliography and extensive notes and references.  Robert Gerwarth …


Ep. 197 - The 1918 German Revolution - Prof. Robert Gerwarth

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Historian Professor Robert Gerwarth, Professor of Modern History at University College Dublin and Director of the Centre for War Studies, talks about his recent book on the German 1918 Revolution.  Your browser does not support the audio element. …


Quentin Roosevelt; A Sketch with Letters (and poetry)

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Edited by Kermit Roosevelt Illustrated New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1921 (Facsimile) From the start there is a sense of tragedy; you know that this is a collection of letters sent by someone serving in France who is going to die. It is rather like watching the film ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ - you know that it ends with a shot and the…


Major Mick Mannock and the ongoing mystery of his grave

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On 10 July 1918, Major Edward Mannock, who had recently been appointed to command 85 Squadron of the newly created RAF, heard that his friend James McCudden had been killed in a flying accident. This news seriously depressed ‘Mick’ as he was known, but also motivated him into a killing spree. On top of his already impressive haul, he shot down six …


Lessons of the Hundred Days - Amiens to the Armistice - Dr. Simon Peaple

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Join us for a fascinating talk by Dr Simon Peaple on lessons learned during the Last Hundred Days Campaign during the Advance from the Battle of Amiens in  8 August 1918 to the Armistice on 11 November 1918.