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'The 501, piece jigsaw; Tank - other arms cooperation in the First World War' by Bryn Hammond

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Bryn Hammond will be giving a presentation on the 501, piece jigsaw and the ank - as well as other arms cooperation in the First World War.   Bryn Hammond is Head of Collections at Imperial War Museum. He graduated with a PhD in Military History of the First World War, from Birmingham University in 2006. His thesis was 'The Theory and Practice of…


The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong?

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The Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 turned out, for both Britain and Germany, to be a major signpost showing how to break the trench deadlock of the previous three years. The lessons of the operational successes and failures would be digested by both sides over the forthcoming winter. For the British, especially, the battle failed to live up to …


Drunk as a Lord? The dismissal and redemption of Lord Edward Seymour

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Cambrai - Attack and stalemate The British attack at Cambrai on 20 November 1917 is well known for the mass-use of tanks for the first time. This operation, initially highly successful, was originally intended to be little more than a large-scale raid, but evolved into a much more ambitious affair. Whilst the use of tanks has made this action famo…


All Arms Warfare - a West Yorkshire Brigade at Cambrai

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Fraser Skirrow makes a welcome return to the branch.  On 20th November 1917 the West Yorkshire Battalions of 185th Brigade assaulted the fortified village of Havrincourt as part of the Cambrai offensive. This was their first use of new infantry and tank tactics on the battlefield. How did those tactics actually work on the day? This talk reconstru…