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'The 21st Division at Loos, 1915' a presentation by Dr Derek Clayton


With no battlefield experience, the 21st Division was thrown into action at Loos, on the second day of what was at that time the biggest battle ever fought by the British Army. The widely accepted story is that the men of 21st Division advanced against the German Second Defensive Line and were routed by enemy machine gun fire. The true picture is …

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'The Clash of the Battle Cruisers, Battle of Dogger Bank 1915'


Dr Spencer Jones was due to give a talk on the Italian Front but has unfortunately had to cancel. Stepping into the breach Wessex Branch Vice Chairman Rod Arnold will give a talk on 'The Clash of the Battle Cruisers',  'The Battle of Dogger Bank 1915.'

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


 [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…

'Frightfulness - Britain and the Advent of Chemical Warfare on the Western Front 1915 by Nick Paul'


Frightfulness - Britain and the Advent of Chemical Warfare on the Western Front 1915 by Nick Paul Rather than delving to any degree into types of gas, methods of delivery and the specific effects of gas, this talk focusses on the how and why did Britain engage in chemical warfare with Germany in 1915.  Was it purely revenge for the German use at Y…

"The Killing of the Iron Twelve 25th February 1915" a talk by Hedley Malloch


In this talk Hedley Malloch will detail how, on 25 February 1915, the Germans shot eleven British soldiers who had been lost during the retreat to the Marne, and one Frenchman, in Guise Chateau after first making them dig their own graves. This the soldiers’ story, one of whom was Fred Innocent from Lenton, Nottingham (his immediat…

'Morale, Discipline and Military Effectiveness at Cape Helles in the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915' a talk by Professor Gary Sheffield


Professor Gary Sheffield will be giving a talk called 'All Pretty Well Fed Up and Worn Out? on morale, discipline  and military effectiveness at Cape Helles in the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915.  The talk will examine morale and discipline of British troops at Cape Helles in the Gallipoli campaign, using the sociologist Anthony King's work as a model. …

31 January 1915: Pvt Henry Arthur Nicholls


Son of James Nicholls. Educated Highfield Road School.  29 June 1913 married Helen (nee Ware) of Camberwell. They had a daughter, Phyllis Mays, born 30 April 1914. Enlisted 30 June 1910 he was called up and went to the Front with his regiment and served through the retreat from Mons, the Battles of the Alsace and the Marne, and all the severe fig…