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'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…


'From The Somme To Cambrai - The Long Road To Victory' a talk given by Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt MBE

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Lt Col Geoffrey Vessey Holt MBE makes a very welcome return to the branch to present another talk about the role of tanks in The First World War. In less than two years between January 1916 and November 1917, the British tanks went from the first tank "Mother" through their first and modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in Septemb…


'The Tanks' road to Cambria' with Lt-Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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Lt-Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt will be talking about how tanks were used at the Battle of Cambrai. Geoffrey Vesey Holt is an historian of the Royal Tank Regiment. He served with the British Army from 1975 t0 2010. IMAGES: A British Mark IV tank being loaded onto railway trucks for transport. © IWM (Q 46933) British tanks maneuvering during the Batt…


The Tanks’ Road to Cambrai

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This talk will cover the role of the tank on the Battle of Cambrai, the first British combined arms battle (20-27 Nov 1917) and the German dress rehearsal for their 1918 offensives (30 Nov to 02 Dec). It will show how this role was developed from the first battle at Flers-Courcelette through the Battles of Arras (April 1917) and Bullecourt ( April-…


‘The the centenary of the Battle of Cambrai 1917’ by Richard Pullen

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With the summer recess over the Lincoln branch welcomes back Lincoln’s own resident expert in all things mechanical relating to the Great War, Richard Pullen. Richard is an expert in his field and chairs the renowned Friends of Lincoln Tank group. His field of knowledge will be there for all to enjoy when he gives a presentation on the centenary Th…




021: Winter 1987

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022: Spring 1988

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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…


'Neither Fish nor Fowl but a Good Red Herring: The Battle of Cambrai' by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will give a presentation on the Battle of Cambrai.  Rob Thompson is a Military Historian who is part of the Knowledge Exchange Project: Great War Supply Chain at City University, London.  We meet at the Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH at 7.30pm.



The Battle of Cambrai, 1917

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‘The Battle of Cambrai, 1917’   Programme:   10.00 - 10.15am   Welcome and Introduction 10.15-11.30am Bryn Hammond (Imperial War Museums)   ‘What Was the Battle of Cambrai?’    11.30-12.00 Coffee 12.00 -1.15pm Dr David Cox (University of Wolverhampton)   ‘From W…


'The Battle of Cambrai' a talk by Niall Cherry

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Battle of Cambrai - Niall Cherry Niall is a locally based amateur historian and regular visitor to branch meetings.  Plenty of the members will already have heard talks from Niall. The Battle of Cambrai, launched in November 1917, heralded the first time tanks were used in significant force.  This was a little over a year after they had made thei…


Stealing Away Peter Hart - Important update

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Please note that due to circumstances out of our control Peter Hart has had to cancel his attendance at this meeting.   The meeting will still go ahead when Mike Shaw will give an appraisal of cambrai 1917 almost one hundred years to the day of that epic event.  All non members and WFA members are welcome, we ask for a modest £4 donation on the d…


'AGM and the Batlle of Cambrai by Niall Cherry'

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Following the AGM which is brief affair we will have a talk by Niall  Battle of Cambrai - Niall Cherry Niall is a locally based amateur historian and regular visitor to branch meetings.  Plenty of the members will already have heard talks from Niall. The Battle of Cambrai, launched in November 1917, heralded the first time tanks were used in sig…


054: January 1999

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055: April 1999

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056: September 1999

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Friends are Good on the Day of Battle: The 51st (Highland) Division During the First World War

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Review by Bob Wyatt. Friends are Good on the Day of Battle, an important evaluation of the 51st (Highland) Division, is the is the latest of several books about the formation which began with in 1920s  with the substantial and quite reliable History of the Highland Division by Major Bewsher and culminated in Campbell’s Empire of Destruction in 201…


109: July 2017 Paschendaele Remembered

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'The Long Arduous Road to Victory Part 2: The Tank Corps from Cambrai to the Armistice' by Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt will be giving a presentation on the Tank Corps from Cambrai to the Armistice.   In less than two years between January 1916 and November 1917, the British tanks went from the first tank 'Mother' through their first and modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in September 1916, the disaster of Bullencourt …


Stand To! 1 to 109 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-109 Contents    Stand To!  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care …


Ross Beadle : 2 THERE IS MORE TO CAMBRAI THAN TANKS “

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The great incursion by the tanks into the German lines at Cambrai on 20th November 1917 was all but over by 2pm on the first day, eight hours after the attack began (it is no coincidence that this was the longest amount of time a human could bear the conditions inside a tank). Yet the battle lasted 13 days in all. Even without considering brutal fi…


L Cpl John James Clegg, 1/4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regt

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244904 L Cpl John James Clegg, 1/4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regt. John Clegg was an employee of Messrs. Grey Ltd at Livingstone Mill, Burnley before the war. A married father of two, he was conscripted into the Army in October 1916 and was sent on active service in January 1917. A participant in the 3rd Battle of Ypres and Cambrai in 1917, he also…


The Long & Arduous Road to Victory - the Tank Corps from Cambrai to the Armistice by Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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British tanks played an important role in the hard-fought final defeat of the German Army in 1918. Geoffrey’s talk combines battle specifics with soldiers’ insights.  He will look at the unique contribution of this revolutionary form of warfare in the final victorious year of the war. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Geoffrey Vesey-Holt MBE was commis…