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Who's Who at The Western Front Association

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Patrons, Presidents, Trustees and Appointees of The Western Front Association  Founded by John Giles. Inaugurated 11 November 1980. Registered Charity No. 298365.   Patrons of The Western Front Association  Sir Hew Strachan FRSE FRHistS Professor Peter Simkins MBE FRHistS   Honorary President of The Western Front Association  Professor Gary…


033: Winter 1991

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034: Spring 1992

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Facing Armageddon: The First World War Experienced

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By Hugh Cecil and Dr Peter Liddle First published by Leo Cooper in 1996, New edition edition (April 2003) £60 hardback 2003 edition. £10 - £13 second hand. ISBN-10: 1844680029 ISBN-13: 978-1844680023 New Edition 3 November 2016 £16.99 softback or £4.99 Kindle from Pen & Sword Pen & Sword, 936p, Ills, detialed notess & refs, bibl…


Passchendaele - The Untold Story

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Book review by Gary Sheffield. With the publication in 1992 of Command on the Western Front, Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson immediately took their place among the foremost authorities on the British Army of the Great War. Their cool analysis, based on impressive labours in the archives, was far removed from the crude 'lions led by donkeys' stereoty…


British Bunglers and Butchers of World War One

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Book review by Gary Sheffield. I should at once declare an interest. In July 1996 the BBC screened a Timewatch documentary on Douglas Haig. Dr. Laffin appeared as the main counsel for the prosecution, while I, along with several other historians, acted for the accused. Inevitably, the demands of television over-simplified the issues - I am by no m…


Above the Trenches - Supplement

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Book review by Gary Sheffield. Above the Trenches - A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-20 first appeared in 1990 and was a mine of useful information. This Supplement consists of more of the same: brief biographies of pilots omitted from the original book, plus other information that the indefati…


Forgotten Victory

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Book Review by David Filsell. Although published last year, lack of a publisher's copy has sadly long delayed the review of Gary Sheffield's Forgotten Victory in Stand To! Fortunately, apart from his 'day job' - Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course - he is well known through his regular, and effective, expositions of revision…


093: December 2011/January 2012

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The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army

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Reviewed by David Filsell. In the last four years three new biographies of Douglas Haig have been published. Each, of the works helps mark the fact that the Field Marshal is being seen not as ‘butcher and bungler’ but as a figure of historical importance and deserving of sober unemotional analysis. Douglas Haig’s post-Great War reputation has fol…


SPECIAL OFFER: 'Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front: A comparison' edited by Michael LoCicero with contributions from Gary Sheffield, Stephen Chambers and others.

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Announcing the launch of the Western Front Association / Helion publication: Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front, A Comparison The year 1915 saw the BEF severely challenged on the Western Front. Recovering from the loss of the majority of experienced regulars in 1914, a largely new army had to come to terms with t…


‘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…


Stand To! Online

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In 1982 a survey went out with Issue. No.5 of Stand To! It asked members what they were interested in. This list of ‘requests’ immediately fed into the content for the following decade and represents the exceptional broad range of material readers and researchers can enjoy. These are the items that interested readers then:  Artillery War Artist…


Douglas Haig War Diaries and Letters 1914-1918

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ISBN: 0 297 84702 3  HB 550 pages £25.00  Published by Weindenfeld & Nicholson. Edited by Gary Sheffield & John Bourne. No one General has suffered such vilification over the years as Douglas Haig. In this most recent edited version of his famous, some would say infamous diaries the reader at last comes to see the man for what he was, a ma…


Military Historian: My Part in the Birth and Development of War Studies 1966–2016 by Brian Bond

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By Brian Bond Helion, £19.95, 152pp, hb, ills. ISBN: 978–191–239–040–3  Brian Bond is one of the most significant British military historians of the last 50 years. Specialising in the period 1914 to 1945, he has a string of important books to his credit: Liddell Hart – A Study of his Military Thought, (1972); British Military Policy between the…


Two Sides of the Same Bad Penny? Gallipoli and the Western Front, a Comparison

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Editor Michael LoCicero Helion, £26.96, hb, 266pp, 22 ills, 4 maps, notes, refs and index. ISBN: 978–191–109–668–9 The sub–title – Gallipoli and the Western Front, A Comparison – suggests a comparative study of various aspects of these two quite different theatres of war. Given that the Gallipoli campaign was relatively short and that fighting o…


Long Long Trail A–winding: Centenary Perspectives on the Great War Editor  Dr Andrew Cromac

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Editor  Dr Andrew Cromac The Society of Army Historical Research, Special Publication No.18, £10.00+p&p postage and packing, 173pp, 38 ills, tables and maps. Copies are available from the Honorary Editor, Andrew Cormack (editor@sahr.org.uk). Invoices will be sent after posting. Please do not send money with your order. PayPal facility is avai…


The Sons of John Company: The Indian & Pakistan Armies by John Gaylor

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1903-1991 Parapress. 1996. Hardback, 379 pp., £19.99. ISBN 1898594 414.  [This review first appeared in Stand To! no.51 January 1998. It is one of over 2,200 reviews of books about the First World War which are available to search in the Stand To! archive by members of The Western Front Association]. This is a very welcome book.  The contributio…


POSTPONED : 'In Haig's Shadow' by Gary Sheffield

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This even has unfortunately been postponed until further notice.  In Haig's Shadow: Major-General Hugo De Pree, his uncle Douglas Haig and the First World War. Hugo De Pree was the cousin of the better-known Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. However, De Pree had a distinguished military career in his own right. Educated at Eton and RMA Woolwich, D…


Change of Subject : General Hugo de Pree and the First World War

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Same Speaker, Change of Topic.  Prof Gary Sheffield's talk will now be entitled: In Haig's Shadow - Brig-Gen Hugo de Pree and the First World War   Hugo de Pree was the nephew of Douglas Haig. Only nine years apart in age they were close friends. He had a distinguished military career in his own right. A gunner, he was Chief of Staff of IV Corps,…


Prof. Gary Sheffield: Amateur Soldiering before, during and after the Great War

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Professor Gary Sheffield is The Western Front Association Honorary President. Recalling the awful weather of March 2019 which caused the first and so far only cancellation of a branch meeting where Gary was due to speak he makes a very welcome return visit to regale us with his talk on Amateur Soldiering.

Many will know of the early operational …


Cancelled 14 March : Study Day ‘The War Against the Ottoman Empire 1914-1918'

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First World War Research Group Study Day : ‘The War Against the Ottoman Empire 1914-1918' featuring presentations from Professor Gary Sheffield, Dr James Kitchen, James Halstead and Dr Phylomena Badsey.  VENUE: Room MC001, Lecture Theatre, Millennium City (MC) Building, City Campus Wulfruna (South), University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton WV1…


Forgotten Victory by Professor Gary Sheffield

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Headline Book Publishing, £20.00, 298pp. ISBN 0 74727157 7.  Although published last year [2001], lack of a publisher's copy has sadly long delayed the review of Gary Sheffield's Forgotten Victory in Stand To! Fortunately, apart from his 'day job' - Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course - he is well known through his regular, an…


Ep. 137 – The letters of Douglas Haig and Hugo De Pree – Prof. Gary Sheffield

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Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, talks about a collection of papers, In Haig’s Shadow, that he has recently edited and has been published by Greenhill Books. This volume features private papers from the De Pree family that include unseen correspondence from Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig and Ha…


Bulletin 116 : April 2020 out now

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Bulletin arrived through member's letterboxes this morning and is going out to Digital Members right now. The following provides a contents listing for Bulletin 116. April 2020 Contents Introduction and News President’s Introduction : Professor Gary Sheffield  Rob Thompson receives The Western Front Association Hero Award Obituary: Geoff …


A Short History of the First World War by Gary Sheffield

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Oneworld Publications, soft covers, 2014, £8.99. 256pp ISBN: 9–781–780–743–646  Writing a book to cover the first truly global conflict in a concise and meaningful way might seem daunting. Professor Sheffield is not the first to write a ‘short history’, nor will he be the last. He has managed to produce a very clear account of the war; from its ca…


Command and Control on the Western Front: The British Army's Experience 1914-1918 by Dr Gary Sheffield and Dr Dan Todman

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Spellmount, Staplehurst, £20, 223pp, maps, illustrations, notes, references, index. ISBN 1-86227-083-X BECKET (Prof IAN) AND CORVI (STEVEN):  Haig's Generals, Pen and Sword Books, Barnsley, £19.99, 217pp, maps, illustrations, notes, references, index. ISBN 1-84415-169-7  Published in 2004, it is, in the words of Stand To! Review Editor, Bob Wyatt…