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036: Winter 1992


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Haig and the Cavalry


By Bob Bushaway Reproduced with the permission of the 'Journal of the Centre for First World War Studies'.   Why are historians interested in Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig and his reputation? There are probably three main reasons. First, he remains one of the most controversial figures in British history, both the victor of Britain’s Great War…

Jack and Hopit: A Cavalryman and his War Horse in the Great War


Jack and Hopit: A Cavalryman and his War Horse in the Great War  (Helion and Company) £16.95 Serena Merton  This was sparked discovering Hopit’s impressive memorial, engraved with his battle honours, a few miles from his master’s much later one. Jack Colvin left no description of his wartime experience, but the regiment’s war diary and othe…

Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British deaths in the Great War


Arthur Hughes-Onslow was born in 1862. He joined the 10th Hussars at Lucknow, India and stayed in the regiment for 20 years. Along the way, he acquired the nickname of 'Junks', although he had no idea why it was given to him. It soon became the name by which he was known by family, friends, the racing public and fellow soldiers alike. Everyone w…

The Contemptible Little Army, 1914 -1918


By Alex Saunt   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.   BEF AND THE START The possible conception: In 1904 King Edward, having decided our pretty frosty relationship with France should be improved, went to Paris with the…

The Indian Cavalry at Cambrai : 30 November 1917


Cavalry in the First World War was rarely used, at least in its traditional mounted role. A famous exception to this is the mounted attack towards High Wood on the Somme in 1916.  It is fortunate that cavalry divisions, held for the hoped for exploitation after the attack at Cambrai were still available when, on 30 November 1917, the Germans launc…

Online : “ 1914 – From Tidworth To The Marne “ - Geoff Massey ZOOM


 To join this meeting, please email “1914 – From Tidworth To the Marne “ -  Geoff Massey ZOOM A look at how the 2nd Cavalry Brigade employed their Pre-War tactics in the first weeks of the war.   Welcome and Introduction to Zoom meetings  “Remembrance”. A local Soldier remembered.                 Branch Notices     …

ONLINE EVENT - Cambrai, there was more to it than tanks by Ross Beadle


ONLINE Zoom Meeting - Cambrai, there was more to it than tanks by Ross Beadle The battle lasted 13 days, but the tanks, which made the battle famous, had little role to play after 2pm on the first day. How did Byng's grand plan for encircling the Germans go wrong? He used new artillery silent registration methods, tanks in a mass formation for the…

Lance verses Lance: the Myth of Moncel with Major Phil Watson


The Talk On the 7 September 1914 the 9th Lancers (2nd Cavalry Brigade) conducted the last lance verses lance charge on the Western Front. It took place at Le Moncel, just outside Paris, on what would become the end of the Retreat and the beginning of the Battle of the Marne. The commanding officer, and two troops of B Squadron charged a squadron f…