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CENTENARY CONFERENCE: 'The End of War and the Reshaping of a Century' : 6 September 1918

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‘The End of the War and The Reshaping of a Century’ 6th - 8th September 2018 As well as The Western Front Association, ‘The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’ has been developed collaboratively with heritage agencies, museums, art galleries, funders, schools and community groups involved in First World War research, remembrance and e…


'Organisation of Defeat – British Army 1918' by Simon Justice

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Simon graduated in 2009 with an MA in British First World War Studies. His final dissertation was titled ‘Means to an End: The Experience of 1918 and its influence on the British Fourth Army’s Performance on the Selle’. It examined the organisation, planning, command and control, training, tactics and morale of the BEF as it prepared for, and face…


030: Winter 1990

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'The Aisne Again: May 1918- the essence of Blitzkrieg' by David Blanchard

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David Blanchard 'The Aisne Again: May 1918- the essence of blitzkrieg’   2018 marks the centenary of the Aisne Battle on 27 May 1918- the greatest one day advance on the Western Front since trench warfare began in September 1914. This was a significant battle that also marked the turning point on the Western Front according to Sidney Rogerson it …


'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.


'1918 The Unheralded Victory' a talk by Mike Shaw

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Mike Shaw will present 1918 The Unheralded Victory , starting with the a strategic  view of the war as of the 1st January 1918 , followed by General Ludendorff's plans for the German spring offensive. Concluding with the last 100 days and the advance to victory.  if you want to hear a clear and concise description of 1918 this is the talk to hear.…


'The Aisne Again: May 1918, the Essence of the Blitzkrieg' by David Blanchard

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This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Aisne which opened on 27 May which resulted in the greatest one-day advance on the Western Front since trench warfare began in September 1914. This was a significant battle that also marked the turning point on the Western Front; according to Sidney Rogerson it was the 'Last of the Ebb'. After this…


'Brothers in Arms: Breaking the Hindenburg Line' a talk by Clive Harris

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On 29 September 1918 a force of British, Australian and US Troops attempted to break the Hindenburg Line between Bellicourt and Bony. Despite sharing doctrine and fighting over similar ground against the same enemy, each of allied armies experienced very different days. Clive will examine the reasons behind such polar opposite battles by consideri…


'The Aisne Again. May 1918' with David Blanchard

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The Aisne Again. May 1918 by David Blanchard This talk on the events of attack that fell on the British sector of the front between the 27th May and 1st June 1918, This area had been a French held sector since 1915 and the French had fought one of its major engagements of the war here in 1917, the ill-fated Nivelle Offensive.  The British were als…


'Not again: The Battle of the Aisne, 27 May 1918' by Peter Hart

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Peter Hart will be giving a presentation on the 3rd battle of the Aisne which started in the early morning hours of May 27, 1918, when the German army began the battle with an attack on Allied positions at the Chemin des Dames ridge, in the Aisne River region of France.


'The Aisne Again: May 1918 - The Essence of Blitzkreig' with David Blanchard.

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David Blanchard. This year is the centenary of the Aisne Battle on 27 May- the greatest one day advance on the Western Front since trench warfare began in September 1914. This was a significant battle that also marked the turning point on the Western Front according to Sidney Rogerson it was  'The Last of the Ebb'.  After this action in May-June 1…


'Planning the Attack at Amiens' with Charles Messenger

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Charles Messenger. The overwhelming attack at Amiens marked the start of the 'hundred days' and the 'advance to victory'. A major reason for the success of the attack was meticulous staff work - a measure of how far the BEF had developed since 1914. This talk will examine how the hugely complex operation was planned and implemented in total secrec…


'The German Spring Offensive' by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will be giving a presentation on the German Spring Offensive of 1918. 

MAP: Wikipedia. German advances 1918. 

IMAGE: Germans passing a captured British trench. Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R29407 / CC-BY-SA 3.0


'American Expeditionary Force on the Meuse Argonne 1918' with Peter Hart

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Peter Hart will give a presentation on the AEF in the Meuse Argonne in 1918.    IMAGE:A column of American troops marching past British soldiers resting on the side of the road, France, in 1917 or 1918. (CC) International Encyclopedia of the First World War. 


'Retreat and Rearguard - Somme 1918 : The Fifth Army Retreat' by Jerry Murland

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In this talk, branch member Jerry Murland will describe some of the desperate rearguard actions fought by the British, Irish, and South African troops of the Fifth Army as they retreated on the Somme during the German's Michael offensive between 21st March to 5th April. Since retirement from teaching, Jerry has spent much of his time researching an…




'The Battles of 4th and 5th Ypres' with Sean Godfrey

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Sean Godfrey will give a presentation on the Fourth and Fifth Battles of Ypres, 1918.  Read more on the Fourth Battle of Ypres, 'The Battle of Lys'.  Read more on the Fifth Battle of Ypres. IMAGE: British gunners with 18 pounder at Saint Floris Battle of the Lys 1918 IWM Q 6583.



'First Battle of Arras and the Battle of Hamel 1918' a presentation by John Lee

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'Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918' with John Lee This month's presenter is John Lee. His talk will include the First Battle of Arras, 28 March 1918 and the Battle of Hamel, 4 July 1918.  IMAGES: The Battle of Hamel, Australian and American troops dug in together during the Battle of Hamel. (CC) Australian War Memorial ; Battl…


'The Fourth and Fifth Battle of Ypres' with Sean Godfrey

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Sean Godfrey will be giving a presentation on the Fourth and Fifth Battles of Ypres.  IMAGE: British 55th (West Lancashire) Division troops blinded by poison gas during the battle, 10 April 1918. This is photograph Q 11586 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 1900-22)  


Forgotten Victory 1918 - 27/28 October 2018

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27/28 October 2018 Conference Forgotten Victory 1918 The British Commission for Military History (BCMH) and the Western Front Association (WFA) are organizing a two day conference on the final campaigns of the First World War to be held at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright near London Bridge on 27/28 October 2018. Arrangements for accommodati…


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. The jacket of this book describes it as a companion to the documentary 'Influenza 1918' aired on PBS in the series The American Experience. This description is accurate. Using individual voices or vignettes, Lynette Iezzoni creates an evocative and surprisingly complete picture of the pandemic's effects on the American…


British Intelligence and the German Spring Offensives with Dr Jim Beach

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Jim's presentation will explain what British intelligence knew in advance of the German offensives of March and April 1918. As he will show, contrary to popular belief, the British were not taken by surprise.


‘At the Top of the Curve? - The BEF Striding Towards Victory in 1918’

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The Northumberland Regional Conference   Conference Chairman - Professor John Derry   PROGRAMME Colin Buxton (Branch member): ‘RAF involvement at the Battle of Amiens, 1918’ Andy Robertshaw (University College London): ‘Sinews of Victory! – Logistics & the 100 Days’ Richard van Emden (World War 1 Expert & Author): ‘1918: The Decisive…


078: January 2007

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Dale Hjort: The Battle of the Asiago - June 1918

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After our Italian allies were overwhelmed at Caporetto in late 1917, an Anglo-French force was sent urgently to their aid  This talk concentrates on the successful defensive action fought by two under-strength British divisions on the vulnerable Asiago section of the coalition front when, in twenty four hours, two VC’s were won, Vera Brittain’s bro…


CANCELLED - 'The 2nd Battle of Kemmel' a talk by John Sheehan

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MEETING CANCELLED - Due to adverse weather this meeting has neen cancelled and will hopefully be re-arranged for later this year.   John Sheehan, author of Harrogate Terriers (published by Pen and Sword), will relate how the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, helped stop the German advance in April 1918. Find us at St Mary's…


'The Aisne 1918' with David Blanchard

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David Blanchard will give a talk on The Battle of the Aisne.     IMAGE: Well-equipped German stormtroopers at the 3rd Battle of the Aisne in May 1918



'1918 The Forgotten Year' by Sean Godfrey

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Sean Godfrey will give a talk on 1918.    IMAGE: Gun Carrier Miraumont August 1918 AWM H04522



'Zeebrugge & Ostend 100' with Brian Teasdale

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Brian Teasdale will give a presentation on the Zeebrugge & Ostend Raid of 1918.    IMAGE: R S Shirley Private Collections. Twitter.com/oilpaintingmedic


'From Crisis to Victory' a talk by Professor John Derry

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Professor John Derry is a well respected speaker who can paint a picture with words and cover any subject in great depth without notes. We are very pleased to welcome him back to the Branch. His talk 'From Crisis to Victory' covers the events which took place during 1918, the last year of the war, starting with the crisis of the German Spring Offe…


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 …


‘The Winning Formula’ The Suffolk Branch Annual WWI Conference

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‘The Winning Formula’ will be held at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich Saturday 11th August, starting at 10 am. It will feature the following speakers: Professor Peter Simkins - The British Army in 1918. Jack Sheldon - The condition of the German Army. Peter Hart - The arrival of the USA. There will then be a discussion chaired by T…


CONFERENCE: The German Offensive and Action leading to the Armistice

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The day’s theme ‘The German offensive and Action leading to the Armistice’ is of direct relevance to remembering the centenary of 1918. Summer Meeting with Carvery Lunch 10.30am-4.00pm The event starts with Coffee at 10.30am The Shap Hotel is easily accessible from Junction 39 (just 2 miles from the Shap Junction) of the M6. Non- members and vi…


First World War Centenary Conference

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Durham WFA 1918 - 2018 First World War Centenary Conference Saturday, 13 October 2018.   Subjects and Guest Speakers   The Allied Strategic Position Before the Spring Offensive - Prof. Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls, University of Oxford) Why Germany Lost the War in 1918 - Prof. Holger Afflerbach (University of Leeds) The Collapse of the Aust…


Northumberland Branch Conference: 8 September

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‘At the top of the curve? – the BEF striding towards victory in 1918’  Venue: The Northumberland Hall, Market Street, Alnwick, NE66 1TN 09:30-16:30 (Doors open 09:00)   Guest Speakers & Subjects:  Colin Buxton (Branch member) - ‘RAF involvement at the Battle of Amiens, 1918’ Andy Robertshaw (University College London) - ‘Sinews of Victor…


FREE EVENT - The Zeebrugge Raid: Creating A Legend: 11 May

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A free event at the University of Kent   Gateways to the First World War is launching a new project to investigate the ways in which the famous Zeebrugge raid of 1918 was presented to the British people, using local and national newspapers and magazines as a source. We would like to recruit a team of volunteers to work with Professor Mark Connel…


BOOK NOW: ‘1918-2018: The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’

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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 6-8th 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…


Durham Western Front Association 1918 - 2018 First World War Centenary Conference

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Durham WFA 1918 - 2018 First World War Centenary Conference Saturday, 13 October 2018.  Subjects and Guest Speakers The Allied Strategic Position Before the Spring Offensive - Prof. Sir Hew Strachan (All Souls, University of Oxford) Why Germany Lost the War in 1918 - Prof. Holger Afflerbach (University of Leeds) The Collapse of the Austro-Hu…


TICKETS SELLING FAST: 'German Spring Offensives' 7th Western Front Association President’s Conference 2 June

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If you are interested in attending the 7th WFA President’s Conference 'German Spring Offensives' on 2 June then please commit soon to avoid disappointment. Close to the date these sell out.  The speakers and their subjects are: Dr. Jonathan Boff: Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and the German Spring Offensive 1918 Dr. Jim Beach: British Int…


Sir John Monash and the Battle of Le Hamel, 4th July 1918 by Paul Cobb

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Paul Cobb first visited the battlefields in 1969 and has been back many times undertaking research on various aspects of the war and leading tours. He is a former Membership Secretary and Vice Chairman of the WFA. His main interest is the Australian Imperial Force. In this talk part one covers the life of Sir John Monash and part two studies the Ba…


Mutiny to Victory – The French Army of 1918 by Francois Wicart

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A talk in two parts by branch member François Wicart. He will look at the mutiny in the French army in 1917 and Pétain's actions to repair and prepare it for future offensive action followed by an analysis of the results of the French successes in the 1918 fighting. François is a French national who studied at both French and British universities b…


REMINDER: Up Coming WFA National and Regional Conferences

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Tally Ho Centre, Birmingham : 2 June 2018 7th President's Conference 'German Spring Offensives'   Availability: almost 100 tickets already sold. Speakers: Jonathan Boff, Jim Beach, Alison Hine, Chris Baker Fee: £30 per person Remember: £50 combined fee when you book this and the York conference Book via the WFA booking page or via the WF…