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'Messines 1917' a talk given by Rob Thompson


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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…

'Great War Logistics' a talk by Rob Thompson


Rob Thompson will give a presentation titled 'Great War Logistics". His talk will cover the vital but often forgotten part played by logistics in the Great War.

CONFERENCE: The German Offensive and Action leading to the Armistice


The day’s theme ‘The German offensive and Action leading to the Armistice’ is of direct relevance to remembering the centenary of 1918. Summer Meeting with Carvery Lunch 10.30am-4.00pm The event starts with Coffee at 10.30am The Shap Hotel is easily accessible from Junction 39 (just 2 miles from the Shap Junction) of the M6. Non- members and vi…

Northumberland Branch Conference: 8 September


‘At the top of the curve? – the BEF striding towards victory in 1918’  Venue: The Northumberland Hall, Market Street, Alnwick, NE66 1TN 09:30-16:30 (Doors open 09:00)   Guest Speakers & Subjects:  Colin Buxton (Branch member) - ‘RAF involvement at the Battle of Amiens, 1918’ Andy Robertshaw (University College London) - ‘Sinews of Victor…

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.


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…

REMINDER: Up Coming WFA National and Regional Conferences


  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…

'The British Army in Italy Oct-Nov 1918' by Rob Thompson


Courtesy: Imperial War MuseumCaption: British and Italian convoys passing abandonedAustro-Hungarian matériel at Val d'Assa on 2nd November 1918.  This talk examines the little-known final battles of the Italian Front - from the aftermath of the Second Battle of Piave to the Battle of Vittorio Veneto - in the closing months of 1918 and explores the…

'The Church in the Bog. The Battle of Poelcapelle' with Rob Thompson


Rob Thompson will be giving a talk on the Battle of Poelcapelle, October 1917.    Rob Thompson taught at the “War Studies Group” (Birmingham University). He writes about the role of logistics and engineering in the development of BEF’s operational method on the Western Front and is co-organiser of ‘Not So Quiet on the Western Front: The New Mil…

An 'Historians Do Drink' Conference


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…

'He's a Lumberjack and he's OK - the Canadians in the First World War' with Rob Thompson


Rob Thompson will be giving a talk on the role the Canadians played in the First World War. Rob Thompon is a military historian and lecturer at City University of London.   IMAGE: Canadian soldiers returning from Vimy Ridge, May 1917. Courtesy W.I. CASTLE/MINISTÈRE DE LA DÉFENSE NATIONALE /BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA/ PA-001332