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‘Ever More Challenged: The British Army 1917’ by Charles Messenger


Charles Messenger served for twenty years as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment before becoming a fulltime military historian.  He is the author of nearly 40 books.    The British Army spent 1917 finding and putting into practice solutions to the problems that it had identified in 1916. This was not just in France & Flanders, but other fr…

'British, French and German Tank Development' a talk by Charles Messenger.


Charles Messenger will give a talk on British, French and German tank development.  IMAGE: Renault FT tanks being operated by the US Army in France.  IMAGE: German A7V tank at Roye 21 March 1918. 

Panel Debate: 'Passchendaele: A Step Towards Victory or An Unnecessary Failure?


Those taking part in this debate on Passchendaele include: John Lee, Dr Andy Simpson and Charles Messenger. The event will be chaired by WFA Chairman Colin Wagstaff.  PLEASE NOTE: If you have not attended a branch meeting before or not attended for a while then please make sure you contact us as soon as possible to ensure we have your name on the …

'British Army Officer Selection and Training 1914-18' a talk by Charles Messenger


A rapidly expanding army and heavy casualties meant an ever increasing demand for officers, which traditional sources were soon unable to meet.

‘Remembering Bungo – the life and career of Field Marshal Lord Byng of Vimy’ by William Franklin


William Franklin will be giving a talk on the life and career of Field Marshal Lord Byng of Vimy.   IMAGE: Byng and Currie, location unknown (LAC M#3404870) Courtesy of Valour Canada.   

Middlesex Branch of The WFA will be re-launching meetings at 7:10pm on evening of Tuesday 13 March 2018


Do come along and join us! We meet at Whitton Community Centre! Venue: Hewitt Room, Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road, Whitton, TW2 6JL. Close to Whitton Railway station and on H22 and 110 bus routes from Hounslow or Richmond linking to underground Time: Second Wednesday of the month: 7:10pm for meeting from 7:30pm Donation (£4 suggested) …

The Somme and Beyond: The BEF on the Western Front 1916-1918


The British Army’s Experience on the Western Front 1916-1918 Written by Peter Simkins ISBN 978 1 78159 312 7 254pp. Maps. Praetorian Press, Barnsley, 2014 WFA members will welcome this book of essays from our President. They are, in effect, a synthesis of a lifetime of deep study of the British Army’s performance on the Western Front. In Everym…

The Great War by Field Marshal von Hindenburg


Author: Field Marshal von Hindenburg, Edited by Charles Messenger. Publisher: Frontline Books 2013,  236 pages plus five pages of maps before the Introduction, ISBN Number 978-1-84832-724-5 Illustrations: Other than a portrait on the front cover the edition does not have illustrations. Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenbur…

Hamel 4th July 1918: The Australian & American Triumph


By John Hughes-Wilson Uniform Publishing, £12.99, pb, 163pp, 15 ills. ISBN: 978–191–160–442–6 This is a somewhat odd book about an event which normally takes up no more than a chapter in many histories. Nevertheless, Hamel was undoubtedly a significant action, part of what the Australians called ‘peaceful penetration’ of the German lines which…

It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Charles Messenger


Charles Messenger served for 21 years as an officer in the British Royal Tank Regiment and for 13 with the British Territorial Army.  Beginning his career in the Royal Tank Regiment where he served for twenty years, Charles Messenger then became a full time military historian and defence analyst. Charles authored nearly forty books. He was a …