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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…


The Battle of the Selle, October 1918

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The Battle of the Selle, October 1918 The Centralisation of Command Sir Douglas Haig always believed in the judgement of the man on the spot, but after the losses to the BEF during the actions of 1914 and 1915, the BEF was ‘deskilled' in this judgement process during the build up to the Battle of the Somme of 1916. The lack of experienced comma…


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…


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…


Ralph Lomas

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              Ralph says that in the seventies a family friend, a Dunkirk veteran, told the story of his father, who had served in the 1st Essex Bn and died in Flanders in January 1918 and recommended Lynn Macdonald's book 'Passchendaele'. Ralph said that he remembers the veteran's stories stirred his imagination. In 1984 a small group tr…


‘The Black Man’, ‘The Brat’ and Londoners on the Somme

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Reflections on the Capture of Thiepval, September 1916 by Prof Peter Simkins. I have long been interested in 18th (Eastern) Division’s capture of the village of Thiepval in September 1916. Indeed, my well-known fascination with 18th Division has prompted some fellow historians, such as Gary Sheffield, to refer to the formation as ‘Simmo’s Own’. Th…


Ep. 100 – Reflections on the Great War Centenary and Historiography – Prof. Peter Simkins

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For the 100th edition, outgoing WFA President, Prof. Peter Simkins, gives his reflections on the Great War Centenary and his life as a First World War historian.


Ian Passingham - Obituary

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I think everyone who knew of him would have been shocked by the news of Ian Passingham’s death on 19 March, after a long illness, at the age of 63. Until recent years he was an avid attendee and well-known face at The Western Front Association, British Commission for Military History (BCMH) and Douglas Haig Fellowship events. Ian burst on to the…


Pillars of Fire - the Battles of Messines Ridge 1917 by Ian Passingham

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Sutton Publishing 1998. Hardback, 223pp„ £19.99. ISBN 0 7509 1704 0.  In his foreword to this book, Peter Simkins of the Imperial War Museum states that 'Messines has long merited a separate study, even though it is widely accepted that it formed a crucial prelude to Third Ypres. This work is a solid piece of historical research and detailed analy…


Placing the Battle of Messines Ridge in context by Peter Simkins

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  This is the Foreward to Ian Passingham's Pillars of Fire. The Battle of Messines Ridge June 1917 by Peter Simkins  For the British Dominion divisions serving on the Western Front under Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, 1917 was a year of transition and mixed fortunes. In the collective folk-memory of Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand the…