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'The Royal Artillery August 1914' with Geoff Spring

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Geoff Spring has been a regular speaker at this branch over the years and we are pleased to welcome him back. On this occasion we will hear about 'The Royal Artillery on 1st August 1914 - Mortars, Railway Guns and Howitzers'. Members and guests are welcome to attend - doors open c13.45. We do ask for a donation of £3 to cover room hire etc.    …


'The Artillery of the British Expeditionary Force 1918: Ground-based Air Defence' by Geoff Spring

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Geoff Spring's presentation describes the threat to the BEF from German air attacks and the weapons, anti-aircraft guns and searchlights used to deter, damage or destroy enemy aircraft. The talk concludes with the defeat of the night bombe and the last flight of the Red Baron.


004: Spring 1982

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'Royal Garrison Artillery 1899-1923: Part 1 Port Defence' with Geoff Spring

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A brief history of the Royal Artillery - Why the Royal Artillery, in 1899, split into two Corps, the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Garrison Artillery.The impact of:-Technology on the threats from enemy navies attacking the Royal Navy in Ports.The 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War.The British State’s Policy for defending the British Empire’s Ports.As…


Royal Garrison Artillery

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Geoff Spring visits the branch again this year to continue his chapters in the story of artillery. On this occasion the talk will be: Royal Garrison Artillery 1899-1923: Part 2. Educating the Artillery Officers and Mountain Artillery  The lecture describes how artillery officers were educated and one of the RGA’s roles, providing Mountain Artill…


Cancelled : Artillery

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Please note - in view of current concerns re coronavirus/Covid-19, the April meeting has been cancelled. Reference should be made to the main WFA website for a general announcement re branch meetings. The May 2020 meeting is also cancelled but we hope to resume in September 2020 after our usual summer break. The meeting would have been: For our A…


'The Biggest Guns' by Roger Perry

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Roger Perry will be giving a talk on different types of "big guns". The Great War was a gunner's war and only the big guns could deliver the massive firepower to overcome robust entrenchments and strike deep into the enemy's rear areas. This talk covers the heavy guns, including the railway guns, used on the Western and Italian Fronts and discusses…


Iris Hotblack and Alan ‘Balmy’ Morton : love letters from the Front

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At the outbreak of war in 1914, 20 year old Miss Iris Hotblack was at home with her family. They lived in a large, detached seven room house called The Boltons, on King Henry’s Road, Lewes, East Sussex. Used to living away from home, she had been sent to school in Cheltenham, she wrote regularly to her brothers, and various other male and female f…