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107: October 2016

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108: January 2017 Open Access Copy

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'Cambrai 1917: The myth of the first great tank battle' a talk given by Bryn Hammond.

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Bryn Hammond is the Head of Collections at the Imperial War Museum, a Military Historian and author. His PhD thesis undertaken at the University of Birmingham was on 'The Theory and Practice of Tank - Other Arms Co-Operation on the Western Front, 1916-1918'. His first degree was in Medieval & Modern History.   IMAGE:  An early model British M…


'The Tanks' road to Cambria' with Lt-Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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Lt-Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt will be talking about how tanks were used at the Battle of Cambrai. Geoffrey Vesey Holt is an historian of the Royal Tank Regiment. He served with the British Army from 1975 t0 2010. IMAGES: A British Mark IV tank being loaded onto railway trucks for transport. © IWM (Q 46933) British tanks maneuvering during the Batt…


The Tanks’ Road to Cambrai

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This talk will cover the role of the tank on the Battle of Cambrai, the first British combined arms battle (20-27 Nov 1917) and the German dress rehearsal for their 1918 offensives (30 Nov to 02 Dec). It will show how this role was developed from the first battle at Flers-Courcelette through the Battles of Arras (April 1917) and Bullecourt ( April-…


'The Tanks' Road to Cambrai' a talk by Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt will be talk about tanks. We meet at the Drill Hall, Leros TA Centre, Sturry Road, Canterbury, CT1 1HR at 7:00pm for 7:00pm meetings.   


'British, French and German Tank Development' a talk by Charles Messenger.

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Charles Messenger will give a talk on British, French and German tank development.  IMAGE: Renault FT tanks being operated by the US Army in France.  IMAGE: German A7V tank at Roye 21 March 1918. 


White Heat: The New Warfare 1914

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  The appearance of a new book from our President is always an exciting event and the publications of White Heat is no exception. This volume is his tenth on the subject of the First World War and in it he concentrates on the technological aspects of the conflict. Mr. Terraine contents that 1914 saw a confluence of technological innovation and in…


'The Western Front. A Plea for Understanding' by John Terraine

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John Terraine’s 1983 Address to the Western Front Association. 1984  [This article first appeared in the journal of the Western Front Association, Stand To! No.10 Spring 1984 pp24-27. John Terraine was the first President of The Western Front Association, founded by John Giles in 1980. For much of 1984, John Giles had been unwell which explains th…


021: Winter 1987

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028: Spring 1990

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029: Summer 1990

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038: Summer 1993

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045: January 1996

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'The Tanks' Road to Cambrai' by Lt Col (Ret) Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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Lt Col (Ret) Geoffrey Vesey Holt will give a talk on tanks at Cambrai, 1917.    We meet at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm


'The Palestine Tank Detachment' a talk given by Gareth Davies

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Gareth Davies will give a presentation on the use of tanks in Palestine during the First World War.  Gareth spent 28 years in the British Army as a tank commander, staff officer, and instructor. He taught at Sandhurst and the Staff College. He has a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from KCL. Gareth is a keen student of twentieth century warfare …


'The Battle of Cambrai' a talk by Niall Cherry

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Battle of Cambrai - Niall Cherry Niall is a locally based amateur historian and regular visitor to branch meetings.  Plenty of the members will already have heard talks from Niall. The Battle of Cambrai, launched in November 1917, heralded the first time tanks were used in significant force.  This was a little over a year after they had made thei…


'AGM and the Battle of Cambrai by Niall Cherry'

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Following the AGM which is brief affair we will have a talk by Niall  Battle of Cambrai - Niall Cherry Niall is a locally based amateur historian and regular visitor to branch meetings.  Plenty of the members will already have heard talks from Niall. The Battle of Cambrai, launched in November 1917, heralded the first time tanks were used in sig…


'The Life of a Tankie' with John Allen

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John Allen will give a presentation titled 'The Life of a Tankie'. Born in Lincolnshire, Cyril Sheldon Allen was amongst the first group of men to crew a new fighting machine now known as the Tank. When volunteering with his two brothers into the Army, he no doubt thought he was engaging in a war of short duration in continental Europe. Having be…



056: September 1999

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092: August/September 2011

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'Tanks in World War One' with Michael Carragher

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Branch member Michael returns again and in this presentation will examine whether Tanks were a wonder-weapon squandered by a hide-bound high command, or, rather, over-rated. The talk will trace the emergence of the tank, give a brief overview of types, and examine their performance at the Somme, Third Ypres, Cambrai, the Kaiserschalcht and the Hund…


'From Cambrai To Victory - The Tank Battles Of 1918' with Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt MBE

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Geoffrey Vesey Holt makes a welcome return to the branch to present the third and final part of his trilogy of talks concerning the role of the tank in the First World War. The talk will look at the unique contribution of this revolutionary form of warfare in the final victorious year of the war. It will explore how it was used during battles suc…


Tanks in the Hundred Days - a talk by Lt-Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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Lt Col (Ret'd) Geoffrey Vesey Holt MBE of the Royal Tank Regiment and the Tank Museum makes a welcome return to the Durham branch to discuss the importance of tanks to the operations of the BEF during the Hundred Days.   All are welcome


'Mud, Blood to the Green Fields Beyond: The Archaeology of Bullecourt' with Richard Osgood Senior Archaeologist DIO

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Richard a Senior Archaeologist in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation makes a welcome visit to the Branch with his latest talk on the excavations when carrying out the archaeology at Bullecourt the site of two infamous battles in 1917.


The First Tanks at Elveden by David Fletcher

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  Tank No. 713, another male, built by the Oldbury Railway Wagon and Carriage Company seen here at Elveden running without sponsons.   This article first appeared in The Western Front Association magazine 'Stand To!' which is only available to WFA members. Benefits of Western Front Association membership.    Drive up the A11,…


'Battle of the Sambre' by Derek Clayton

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Derek Clayton will be giving a presentation on the Battle of the Sambre in November 1918. This will examine the events surrounding this battle right at the end of the war. The Battle of the Sambre involved most of the allied armies with 48 divisions and over 35 tanks involved in it. The battle is also known because the poet, Wilfred Owen, was kil…


Stand To! 1 to 109 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-109 Contents    Stand To!  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care …


The Lincoln & North Lincolnshire Branch Seminar 'First World War Seminar' : 29 September

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The Lincoln & North Lincolnshire Branch of the Western Front Association are holding their '1918' Seminar on Saturday, 11 September at the The Leap Auditorium, Lincoln. Join us for an afternoon of 1918-themed presentations including a fascinating talk by our key speaker, the historian and TV presenter, Peter Barton. Tickets are priced at £20…


Ross Beadle : 2 THERE IS MORE TO CAMBRAI THAN TANKS “

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The great incursion by the tanks into the German lines at Cambrai on 20th November 1917 was all but over by 2pm on the first day, eight hours after the attack began (it is no coincidence that this was the longest amount of time a human could bear the conditions inside a tank). Yet the battle lasted 13 days in all. Even without considering brutal fi…


The Long & Arduous Road to Victory - the Tank Corps from Cambrai to the Armistice by Geoffrey Vesey Holt

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British tanks played an important role in the hard-fought final defeat of the German Army in 1918. Geoffrey’s talk combines battle specifics with soldiers’ insights.  He will look at the unique contribution of this revolutionary form of warfare in the final victorious year of the war. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Geoffrey Vesey-Holt MBE was commis…


The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong?

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The Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 turned out, for both Britain and Germany, to be a major signpost showing how to break the trench deadlock of the previous three years. The lessons of the operational successes and failures would be digested by both sides over the forthcoming winter. For the British, especially, the battle failed to live up to …