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107: October 2016

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'Comparing the Somme and Arras' a talk given by Mike Coyle

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Comparing the Somme 1916 and Arras 1917 by Mike Coyle  Both battles were equally fierce, both with heavy losses yet 100 years on the Somme lives in our consciousness , whilst few know of the Battle of Arras.     



'Could the Battle of the Somme have been won?' a talk given by Professor Stephen Badsey

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Professor Stephen Badsey will give an analysis of alternative courses of action for the BEF in the Battle of the Somme 1916. Members of the WFA and non - members are equally welcome. We ask for a modest £4 donation on the door which will include a free raffle ticket.  Any new visitors will be assured of an welcoming and friendly atmosphere among …


'From The Somme To Cambrai - The Long Road To Victory' a talk given by Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt MBE

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Lt Col Geoffrey Vessey Holt MBE makes a very welcome return to the branch to present another talk about the role of tanks in The First World War. In less than two years between January 1916 and November 1917, the British tanks went from the first tank "Mother" through their first and modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in Septemb…


'The Battle of the Somme' with Peter Baron

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Peter Barton is an author and broadcaster. He has written extensively on the war above and below ground in Flanders and in May 2010 he carried out excavations at Mametz on the Somme which discovered pieces of a Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector. That resulted in an associated television programme, and in 2016 he wrote and fronted the three-p…


'Gloucestershire and the Somme' a talk by Bob Brunsdon

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Bob Brunsdon's presentation commemorates the county's association with the Battle of the Somme through the stories of individual soldiers from the county who fought there, both on the First Day and in subsequent operations. Through their experiences, we will also examine the role of various battalions of the Gloucestershire Regiment in this long …


'The French Army on the Somme' a talk by Dave O'Mara

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Dave O'Mara will be giving a talk on the French Army on the Somme.    David O'Mara has been a member of the WFA on and off since 1983. He has written hundreds of pieces for the WFA website, most notably 'On This Day' as well as articles for Stand To!. Now a published author with several titles out he has become a regular speaker at branch events.…


‘Now is the Winter of our discontent’ - Somme Dec 1916 - March 1917' a talk by Sean Godfrey

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The period from when the Somme battle officially ended to operation Alberich, the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. IMAGE. Ice broken up by shell fire on the battlefield at Beaumont Hamel, December 1916 Q 1683  


20 August 1897 Cpl / Flt.Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM: Durham Light Infantry, Machine Gun Corps, Royal Air Force

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As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack ret…


'Wilfreth and Hubert - Two Officers from the Somme to 1918' a talk by Michael Stedman

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Michael Stedman will be giving a talk on two officers who served on the Somme in 1916 through to 1918.   We meet at the White Horse Inn, Trowse on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.  


'The other first day on the Somme. The success of the French Sixth Army 1st July 1916' by Bill McCormick

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Bill McCormick will give a talk on the success of the French Sixth Army on the First Day of the Somme.   We meet at the White Horse Inn, Trowse on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.


'Comparing the Somme 1916 with Arras 1917' by Mike Coyle

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Both battles, the Somme and Arras, were equally fierce, both with heavy losses, yet 100 years on The Somme lives in our consciousness, whilst few know of the Battle of Arras. The talk discusses possible conclusions.   IMAGES: Public Domain. Wikipedia. Ruins of the Hôtel de Ville, Arras 26 May 1917. Somme 25 September 1916. British troops moving…


3 October 1916 Pte John Henry Hargreaves died on this day of his wounds

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A weaver from Burnley, Lancashire, John was also a keen footballer and secretary of the Burnley and District Junior Football League. He enlisted into the 3/4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in early 1916 but was transferred to the North Lancs whilst at Witley in Surrey, prior to embarking on overseas service in August 1916. Severely wounded …


032: Summer 1991

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033: Winter 1991

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036: Winter 1992

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'Filming and Photography of the Somme Battle June-July 1916' by Andy Robertshaw

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Andy Robertshaw will give a talk on the filming and photography during the Somme Battle June-July 1916.  Andy Robertshaw is a well known historian, broadcaster and educator.   We meet at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm  


'The Royal Fusiliers at The Battle of the Somme' - Talk by Jonathan Nicholls

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After his popular talk to the branch last year about the Battle of Arras, the acclaimed author and battlefield tour guide Jonathan Nicholls makes a welcome return to talk about the role of the Royal Fusiliers at the Battle of the Somme. Based mainly on interviews with veteran's from the 8th (service) Battalion (City of London Regiment) whom the sp…


Zero Hour Z Day 1st July 1916: XIII Corps Operations between Maricourt and Mametz

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By Jonathan Porter Self–published, £30.00 hardback, £25.00 soft back, 500pp, ills, photographs and maps in monochrome and colour throughout, 1 Appendix, index. ISBN: 978–099–569–110–0 Review by David Filsell   Starting a book review with superlatives is bad practice. It either indicates the work of an over impressed reviewer or, perhaps, one …


The Somme: The Epic Battle in the Soldiers’ own Words and Photographs

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By Richard van Emden Pen and Sword, 2016, £20.00 hb, £11.99 pb and £15.00 e–book, 355pp, fully illustrated throughout, index. ISBN: 9–781– 473–855–21 2 Review by Barbara Taylor   Richard van Emden is an ‘everyman’ author. He has published many titles that need no repetition here. His work is very popular and it seems that this book is an almo…


Miners at War 1914-18: South Wales Miners in the Tunnelling Companies on the Western Front

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By Ritchie Wood Helion, £35.00, 320pp Hardback, 107 illustrations within text., 29 tables, index, notes and refs. ISBN: 978-1-991096-49-8 Book review by Niall Ferguson Although the large mines at Messines and the Somme are well-known, it is only recently that researchers have realised the extent of mining on the Western Front. It was only reall…


053: September 1998

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The Imperial War Museum Book of the Somme

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Book Review by Bob Butcher. It was with a certain feeling of 'We've been here before' that I opened this book, afterall, had not so many already explored the Somme from every angle? Moreover I am not too keen on books consisting largely of personal accounts, valuable though these may be. Nonetheless I had not turned many pages before I became engr…


064: April 2002

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066: January 2003

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The OBLI on the Somme

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  IMPORTANT UPDATE - following the snow in March casuing the meeting to be cancelled, Stephen Barker will now visit the branch on Sunday, 13th May to talk on the 'OBLI on the Somme'. Phil Tomaselli's talk on MI5 officers will move to our 2018/19 programme. Stephen previously visited the branch to talk about a battalion of the East Lancs but this …


087: December 2009/January 2010

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106: July 2016 Special Edition

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Nobody of any importance: a Foot Soldier’s Memoir of World War I

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Reviewed by Michael Lucas. Nobody of any Importance is a lengthy and detailed account, written from memory, in the 1970s, from early childhood to age 21, with 50 pages of editorial notes. Sam Sutcliffe enlisted at 16 in September 1914, trained as a signaller, went to Gallipoli and fought at Suvla, with 2/1st Londons (Royal Fusiliers -29th Division…


Lieutenant Martin’s Letters:  F.W.S. Martin, M.M., an Anzac in the Great War

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Reviewed by R. Buckley, B.A., Ph. D. Cantab. Lieutenant Fred Martin, M.M., the author’s uncle, was born in Queensland in 1895. He died at Polygon Wood, September 20th, 1917. Training as a teacher when war broke out, Martin was a fine writer whose wartime letters to his family bring images and characters vividly to life and throw light on contempor…



109: July 2017 Paschendaele Remembered

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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…


Major & Mrs Holt's Definitive Battlefield Guide: Somme 100th Anniversary

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Major and Mrs Holt’s Definitive Battlefield Guide Tonie and Valmai Holt Seventh GPS Edition Somme 100th Anniversary Pen and Sword £16.99 (Discounted to £13.50 on Pen & Sword website, and also available in eBook version for Kindle £8.02) First published 1996. This Revised, much-expanded Edition 2016 274pp +Pull out map Foreword by Francois Be…


Slaughter on the Somme 1st July 1916

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Slaughter on the Somme 1st July 1916 The Complete War Diaries of the British Army's Worst Day  Martin Mace & John Grehan (South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Military, 2016; first published 2013) Softback £16.99 514 pp, including middle section of b/w photos, and six maps. Contents also include List of Battalions; List of Abbreviations; plus…


A Sergeant Major’s War. From Hill 60 to the Somme

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Ernest Shephard. Edited by Bruce Rossor Published by The Crowood Press ISBN 1 85223 200 5 PB 157 pages £10 to £20 When Ernest Shephard was killed on 11th January 1917, at the “Chalk Pit” so ended this professional soldier’s life and diary. From the moment Ernest a loyal member of the Dorsetshire Regiment entered the war, he wrote his diary. He …


Battle Lines: Ypres - Nieupoort to Ploegsteert

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Authors: Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland ISBN 978 1 84884 783 4 Publisher: Pen and Sword 31 March 2013 240 pages including maps and illustrations When I signed up to provide a book review for the Western Front Association I was curious as to what book I would receive, given the information I had provided on my area of interest. However, when I rec…


Inf. Sebastian Scheugenpflug, Kgl.Bayr.Res.Inf.Regt.17

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Sebastian was a grocer from Lengthal, Bavaria. A recalled reservist in August 1914, he first saw action during the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914. He was a veteran of the Battles of Fromelles, the Somme and Arras through 1915 to 1917. He was killed in action by shrapnel to the head on 31st July 1917 – the opening day of the Third Battle o…


After Amiens – 38th (Welsh) Division

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It happened in the barber’s where my mother had taken me when I was a young child. ‘Mummy, why is that man making funny noises?’ The wheezing, rattling and muted bubbling sound stopped briefly as he turned to look at me, expressionless, then nodded towards my mother and turned away. My mother gave a very, very sharp tug on my coat sleeve. ‘Shhh!…


The Generals. John Terraine's 1982 Address to The Western Front Association

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 [This piece, a transcript of John Terraine's 1982 address, first appeared in Stand To! No. 7 Spring 1983 pp.4- 7] IMAGE (Photo: IWM Q9689) Haig and his Army Commanders at Cambrai, 11 November 1918. First and second rows, left to right: Plumer (Second Army), Byng (Third Army), Haig, Birdwood (Fifth Army), Rawlinson (Fourth Army), Horne (First A…


Britain in the First World War : Lecture given by John Terraine in 1988

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(Lecture given by John Terraine in 1988) The 1914-1918 War was, for Britain, a traumatic experience - hence the emotional reactions to it which continue this day. It was, I am certain, far more traumatic for Britain than for Europeans, and far, far more so than it was for America. It was also far more traumatic for Britain than the Second World Wa…