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'Messines 1917' a talk given by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson, an “accidental” military historian who prior to becoming an independent military historian taught at the “War Studies Group” (Birmingham University). Finding himself in a Twentieth Century Military History class as part of his undergraduate degree, he elected to present a paper on “Lions Led by Donkeys”, only to be surprised by what h…


Western Front 100 Seminar - 1917: Becoming the Senior Partner?

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The Suffolk Branch of the Western Front Association are proud to present a six-year-long centenary event comprising six inter-connected annual seminars with excellent guest speakers.   For 1917: Becoming the Senior Partner?, the fourth in the series, we are proud to present: Professor Alexander Watson 'Turning Point: The War Beyond the Western F…


‘Mud, Blood and Wood’: BEF Logistics and Engineering during Third Ypres, 1917. A talk by Rob Thompson

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The period from when the Somme battle officially ended to operation Alberich, the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line   This talk argues that the BEF could (perhaps even should) have made major gains during Third Ypres but that the battle bogged down NOT because of the mud but because of very poor BEF engineering organisation   IMAGE: Battle …


'He's a Lumberjack and he's Okay' Canadian Corps Operations by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will give a talk on Canadian Corps Operations. IMAGES: Canadian Corps front headquarters, Neuville-Vitasse, 1918. Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada The Calgary Highlanders.   


‘Too Much of a Good Thing. The Flanders Campaign 1917’ talk by Dr Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson is a military historian at the City University London and was previously a teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham. He is working with the CASS Business School on a cross-discipline collaborative project researching the development of the British Expeditionary Force logistical supply chain, 1914-1924.


AGM followed by talks on Passchendaele and Kitchener

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After the Cumbria Branch AGM there will be two presentations. Rob Thompson will give his talk 'Mud, Blood and Wood: Passchendaele 1917' followed by Bob Paterson with 'Kitchener: Last of the Iconic Heroes or Just a Poster?'.  


'Neither Fish nor Fowl but a Good Red Herring: The Battle of Cambrai' by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will give a presentation on the Battle of Cambrai.  Rob Thompson is a Military Historian who is part of the Knowledge Exchange Project: Great War Supply Chain at City University, London.  We meet at the Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH at 7.30pm.


'The Church in the Bog: Poelcapelle' by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will be giving a talk on Poelcapelle during the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele.   We meet on the third Monday of each month at 7.30pm for 8.00pm.  VENUE: Allotment Social Club, North Terrace, West Allotment, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE27 ODN.    


'The Secret of Success BEF Transport & Operational Success 1918' with Rob Thompson

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By 1918 two thirds of the troops were spending most of their time on labour duties, exacerbated by the German Spring Offensives which required construction of new defences. Again there was a manpower crisis which led to a reduction in training for the infantry. The demand on engineering and logistics was running out of control. When the tide turne…


'The German Spring Offensive' by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will be giving a presentation on the German Spring Offensive of 1918. 

MAP: Wikipedia. German advances 1918. 

IMAGE: Germans passing a captured British trench. Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R29407 / CC-BY-SA 3.0


'Operation Michael' with Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will give a presentation on Operational Michael.    IMAGE: The Operation Michael. German reserves marching forward along the Albert road, March 1918. Imperial War Museum image Q51466.


‘At the Top of the Curve? - The BEF Striding Towards Victory in 1918’

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The Northumberland Regional Conference   Conference Chairman - Professor John Derry   PROGRAMME Colin Buxton (Branch member): ‘RAF involvement at the Battle of Amiens, 1918’ Andy Robertshaw (University College London): ‘Sinews of Victory! – Logistics & the 100 Days’ Richard van Emden (World War 1 Expert & Author): ‘1918: The Decisive…