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‘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…


'British, French and German Tank Development' a talk by Charles Messenger.

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Charles Messenger will give a talk on British, French and German tank development.  IMAGE: Renault FT tanks being operated by the US Army in France.  IMAGE: German A7V tank at Roye 21 March 1918. 


Panel Debate: 'Passchendaele: A Step Towards Victory or An Unnecessary Failure?

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Those taking part in this debate on Passchendaele include: John Lee, Dr Andy Simpson and Charles Messenger. The event will be chaired by WFA Chairman Colin Wagstaff.  PLEASE NOTE: If you have not attended a branch meeting before or not attended for a while then please make sure you contact us as soon as possible to ensure we have your name on the …


'British Army Officer Selection and Training 1914-18' a talk by Charles Messenger

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A rapidly expanding army and heavy casualties meant an ever increasing demand for officers, which traditional sources were soon unable to meet.


'Planning The Attack At Amiens - 8th August 1918' a talk by Charles Messenger

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We start the season by welcoming back the legend that is Charles Messenger. Charles was an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment for over 20 years before becoming one of this country's leading military historians and defence analysts. To date he has written nearly forty books on all aspects of military history. This talk looks at the meticulous staff…


'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…


‘Remembering Bungo – the life and career of Field Marshal Lord Byng of Vimy’ by William Franklin

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William Franklin will be giving a talk on the life and career of Field Marshal Lord Byng of Vimy.   IMAGE: Byng and Currie, location unknown (LAC M#3404870) Courtesy of Valour Canada.   


Middlesex Branch of The WFA will be re-launching meetings at 7:10pm on evening of Tuesday 13 March 2018

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We're delighted to announce that the Middlesex Branch of The Western Front Association will be re-launching meetings at 7:10pm on evening of Tuesday 13th March at Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road TW2 6JL Noted military author Charles Messenger will talk on the recruitment and training of British Army Officers during the war. Subsequent talks …


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 Great War by Field Marshal von Hindenburg

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Author: Field Marshal von Hindenburg, Edited by Charles Messenger. Publisher: Frontline Books 2013,  236 pages plus five pages of maps before the Introduction, ISBN Number 978-1-84832-724-5 Illustrations: Other than a portrait on the front cover the edition does not have illustrations. Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenbur…


The BEF of 1918 by Charles Messenger

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In this talk, Charles Messenger examines the character and nature of the BEF of 1918 that faced crises during the first part of the year before achieving spectacular success during the final Hundred Days of the war. Charles Messenger is a military historian, who served for 19 years as a Regular officer and for 13 years as a Territorial in the Royal…


An 'Historians Do Drink' Conference

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The purpose of this conference is to encourage consideration of the role of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig in the Allied Victory of 1918   Speakers Alex Churchill: Haig and George V Peter Hart: Douglas Haig: Britain's Greatest Commander in Chief?  Charles Messenger: Haig and Planning the Battle of Amiens, 8/1918. Rob Thompson: Haig and Logist…