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'An invisible foe: The 62nd (West Riding) Division' - a talk by Tim Lynch

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In this talk, Tim Lynch will describe one of the 'unknown' battles of the First World War which arguably paved the way for the successful attack on 8th August, which is well remembered as 'The Black Day of the German Army'. The battlefields of the Western Front are usually remembered as desolate moonscapes but in the summer of 1918 troops of the 62…


'Bradford Boys at Bullecourt': a talk by Fraser Skirrow

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This is the second of two talks this afternoon Bullecourt was part of the wider Battle of Arras in May 1917, it was here the 62nd (West Riding) Division 'cut their teeth' in action for the first time. The 2/6th West Yorkshire Regiment - Bradford Territorials - made a costly attempt to take this fortress village. Using eye witness accounts, letters…


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 …


“Battlefield Success” – How the British Army became a war winning weapon with Fraser Skirrow

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In January 1917 the 62nd Division went to France – a second line territorial unit, it had no experience of the realities of the Western Front and its first engagements were disastrous. By 1918 it was acknowledged to be one of the most reliable and aggressive units in the army. This talk looks in great detail at how one battalion of the 62nd changed…