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The Final One Hundred Days of the Western Front

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Introduction The British involvement in war on the Western Front lasted for 1,294 days: from the 12th of August 1914 - when the first elements of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) arrived in France - until the 11th November 1918, when the Armistice took effect. For each of those days an average of 1,751 men were wounded and 436 died (the latte…


Mons 1914 by John Terraine

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Mons 1914 (Lecture given to The Western Front Association in 1990 by the then Honorary President John Terraine) I didn’t have much choice about the title of  my first book, Mons, the Retreat to Victory, which came out thirty years ago, in 1960. Messrs B. T. Batsford were publishing a series overall title of Great British Battles. It was a good se…


British Military Leadership in the First World War by John Terraine

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(This lecture was given by John Terraine , the then Honorary President of The Western Front Association in 1991. It was later published in a 'Leadership & War' and published by The Western Front Association in 1998).  This is a subject  subject which has been  steeped in misunderstanding,  prejudice and pure mythology for over seventy years an…


'Operation Michael' a talk by Rob Thompson

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The German Spring offensive which commenced on 21 March 1918 has long been regarded as a master-stroke by General Ludendorff - and one that nearly won the war for the Germans. In this talk the very popular Rob Thompson will take a highly critical look at this famous battle and discuss its planning, preparation and execution. Rob will explain why it…


The Aisne Again: May 1918 - The Essence of Blitzkrieg by David Blanchard

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After relatively unsuccessful attacks on the Somme and the Lys, General Ludendorff sought a new sector in which to continue the heavy assaults of his 1918 Spring offensive. He chose the thinly held Aisne front between Soissons and Reims.  The German advance here was the furthest ever made, on one day, on the Western Front since the advent of trenc…