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Territorials in 1915 by Dr Bill Mitchinson

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The WFA's Youtube channel continues to attract interest, with over 2600 subscribers.  In the latest video that has just been launched, Dr Bill Mitchinson talks about the Territorial Force in 1915. In early 1915, there were about 39 Territorial battalions in France, which amounted to about a quarter of the BEF. The rapid expansion of the army in…


The Men in felt hats : Secretary of State for War R.B.Haldane and the creation of the Territorial Force Reserve

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In March 1910, two years after the formation of the Territorial Force (TF), R.B.Haldane, the Secretary of State for War, announced the creation of the Territorial Force Reserve (TFR). The reserve was to have three elements: a reserve for the TF itself; a Technical Reserve (TR), and the Veteran Reserve (VR). The reserve for the TF was to prove so…


The Censuring of Lieutenant Colonel John MacCarthy-O’Leary

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In February 1918, 55th (West Lancashire) Division took over trenches in the Givenchy sector. The division’s units had sustained severe losses during the German counter-attack at Cambrai at the end of November and had since been rebuilding and training in the rear. During that counter-stroke, 1/5th South Lancashire, of 166 Brigade, had been almost w…


CANCELLED: 'A magnificent day of achievement': The Defeat of Operation Mars, 28 March 1918

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Seven days after the start of the German Spring Offensive on 21 March, the enemy launched another major assault on the fronts of Third and First Armies. Sometimes overlooked by British historians as being merely an adjunct to Operation Michael, the defeat of the German attack on 28 March caused a significant adjustment to Ludendorff’s strategy of…


Ep.248 – 2nd line Territorial Force Divisions in the First World War – Dr Bill Mitchinson

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Author and historian Dr Bill Mitchinson talks about his latest book ‘Of No Earthly Use’ that explores the role, contribution and effectiveness of 2nd line Territorial Force divisions on the Western Front during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. …