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Britain in the First World War : Lecture given by John Terraine in 1988

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(Lecture given by John Terraine in 1988) The 1914-1918 War was, for Britain, a traumatic experience - hence the emotional reactions to it which continue this day. It was, I am certain, far more traumatic for Britain than for Europeans, and far, far more so than it was for America. It was also far more traumatic for Britain than the Second World Wa…


Mons 1914 by John Terraine

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Mons 1914 (Lecture given to The Western Front Association in 1990 by the then Honorary President John Terraine) I didn’t have much choice about the title of  my first book, Mons, the Retreat to Victory, which came out thirty years ago, in 1960. Messrs B. T. Batsford were publishing a series overall title of Great British Battles. It was a good se…


British Military Leadership in the First World War by John Terraine

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(This lecture was given by John Terraine , the then Honorary President of The Western Front Association in 1991. It was later published in a 'Leadership & War' and published by The Western Front Association in 1998).  This is a subject  subject which has been  steeped in misunderstanding,  prejudice and pure mythology for over seventy years an…


'Wully' Field Marshal Sir William Robertson Bart : GCB, KCVO, (Part I)

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Part 1 (Lecture delivered by John Terraine at the Western Front Association's Annual Seminar at Abergavenny in June 1991 and published in Leadership & War, a WFA publication for members, in 1998) The title of this essay is 'Wully' - the Army nickname for a man. There should really be a sub-title too, and it ought to be 'The Making of a Chie…


Ep. 6 – British Staff in 1917 – Dr Paul Harris

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Dr Paul Harris talks about ‘The British Army Staff System in 1917′, a lecture from the joint WFA and British Commission for Military History conference ‘The Armies of 1917’, held in April 2017.


Ep. 25 – Major General Nugent, the Ulster Division and their army commanders in 1916 – Nicholas Perry

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Nicholas Perry talks on ‘After the battle: Nugent, the Ulster Division and their Army commanders in 1916’. This was a lecture given at the 2016 Somme conference held by the Antrim and Down WFA branch in October 2016.


Ep. 26 – Beyond the Somme – West Belfast’s Somme service in context – Prof Richard Grayson

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Professor Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London) talks on ‘Beyond the Somme: West Belfast’s Somme service in context’. This was a lecture given at the 2016 Somme conference held by the Antrim and Down WFA branch in October 2016.


Ep. 35 – The Doughboys, 1917-1918 – Michael St Maur Sheil

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Photographer and historian Michael St Maur Sheil talks on the role of the Doughboys and US forces in France during 1917 and 1918. This talk was given in Belfast on 11 September 2017.


Ep. 44 – The Yanks are Coming! The AEF in World War One – John Lee

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John Lee talks about the American Expeditionary Force and how the adapted to combat conditions on the Western Front in 1918. This lecture was given on the 9 November 2017 at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. 


Ep. 63 – Blockade, economic warfare and the use of hunger during the Great War – Sir Hew Strachan

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Sir Hew Strachan, patron of The Western Front Association and Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, delivers a lecture on blockade, economic warfare and the use of starvation during the Great War. This lecture was recorded at The Western Front Association's AGM in London last month. …


Ep. 68 – The British Manpower Crisis of 1918 – Dr Alison Hines

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Dr Alison Hines, gives a lecture on the British Manpower Crisis of 1918; this talk was given at The Western Front Association's 7th President’s Conference in Birmingham on 2 June 2018.


Ep. 69 – The German 1918 Spring Offensives – Dr Jonathan Boff

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Dr Jonathan Boff, University of Birmingham, gives a lecture on the German Spring Offensives which happened from March to July in 1918; this talk was given at The Western Front Association's 7th President’s Conference in Birmingham on 2 June 2018.

Preparations for the Spring Offensive. German troops concentrating in the wrecked streets of St. Quentin, immediately prior to the Spring Offensive, 19 March 1918. © IWM Q 55479


Ep. 117 – Post War Mutinies in the British Army – Dr William Butler

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Dr William Butler, Outreach Officer and Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent, talks about the post-war mutinies in the British Army. This lecture was given as part of the Antrim and Down WFA branch’s spring conference on the Consequences of War held on the 9 May 2019. 


Ep.328 LECTURE : Why the Allies won the Great War – Prof Mark Connelly

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We delve into the intricacies of the First World War with Mark Connelly from the University of Kent and explore the question: 'Why did the Allies emerge victorious?' In this thought-provoking lecture, historian Prof. Mark Connelly takes us on a journey through the annals of history, offering insights into the strategic, political, and human fact…


Ep.330 – The Armistice on the Western Front- Prof Stephen Badsey

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In this captivating episode, a lecture given at the Cork Conference in 2023, Professor Stephen Badsey offers a detailed analysis of the Armistice on the Western Front in November 1918.  Your browser does not support the audio element. Step…