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


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 the…

'The Guns at Le Cateau: 26th August 1914' with Vern Littley


Vern Littley will be talking about the events associated with the Royal Artillery at the Battle of Le Cateau in the early weeks for the war following the British and French retreat after the Battle of the Mons. Vern is well qualified to present on this topic having served in the Royal Artillery for over 25 years and he is also a member of the Battl…

Postponed : 'Royal Garrison Artillery 1913 -1924, Part 3, Field Army Support' with Geoff Spring


Geoff makes a welcome return to the Branch to present Part 3 of The Royal Garrison Artillery. Geoff's presentations always prove to be informative and enlightening   

The Contemptible Little Army, 1914 -1918


By Alex Saunt (Major Alex Saunt MBE served with the Light Infantry and with the SAS in Libya, Borneo, Northern Ireland, Germany and Denmark. He was awarded an MBE for his courage). The story of the expansion and development of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 1914-1918 and how the Contemptible Little Army became a huge, effective machine. B…

Ep. 4 – The Honourable Artillery Company in 1917 – Michael Orr


Michael Orr talks about ‘Bunny and his artillery company: Command and Morale in 2nd Battalion Honourable Artillery Company in 1917’, a lecture from the joint WFA and British Commission for Military History conference ‘The Armies of 1917’, held in April 2017.


Ep. 42 – What did you do in the Great War, Grandfather? – Charles Barrington


Charles Barrington talks about his new book (published by Helion and Co.) What did you do in the Great War, Grandfather? about his grandfather’s service in the Great War as a regular artillery officer serving with the BEF in 1914 and then with the 61st Division. 

126: April 2022


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The Envelope in the Attic : Items pertaining to Private Arthur W. Holtby of the Canadian Expeditionary Force


[This article first appeared in the June/July 2007 Edition of Bulletin No.78] Whilst looking for genealogical documents and family pictures in the attic of his parents’ house in England, Glen Martin of Staffordshire found an envelope, which had not been opened since his paternal grandparents’ time. The envelope contained four intriguing docume…

131: August 2023


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'Anti-tank warfare' - Graham Cobb


For the last time at the Hornchurch venue for 2024, Branch Member Graham Cobb will present a talk about a specific form of defence that originated in the First World War.  We are all familiar with the introduction of the tank in 1916, but after the initial shock, the German forces developed measures to counter this new weapon. In this talk Graham,…