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'Messines 1917' a talk given by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson, an “accidental” military historian who prior to becoming an independent military historian taught at the “War Studies Group” (Birmingham University). Finding himself in a Twentieth Century Military History class as part of his undergraduate degree, he elected to present a paper on “Lions Led by Donkeys”, only to be surprised by what h…


'Battlefields in Miniature: The Messines Model on Cannock Chase' with Martin Brown

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Martin Brown—Battlefields in Miniature: The Messines Model on Cannock Chase Martin Brown is a professional archaeologist of thirty years’ experience. In addition to his career as an archaeological consultant Martin is Chair of ‘No Man's Land’, the European Group for Great War Archaeology. He is director of excavations at Plogsteert. Martin is auth…


'The Battle of Messines: Myths and Anti-Myths' a talk by Simon Jones

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Simon Jones will be talking about The Battle of Messines, the myths and anti-myths. IMAGE: Messines Ridge from Hill 63, George Edmund Butler.   


The Surrey Branch Tour of the 1917 Battlefields

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The Surrey Branch tour for 2017 will cover the 1917 battlefields of Arras, Messines and Third Ypres. The detailed itinerary is as follows: Saturday September 23rd The luxury coach departs from Reigate College (where there is secure free car parking) at 07:00 and we cross to the battlefield via Eurotunnel. The tour starts at Lijssenthoek Military…


'The Irish at Messines' a talk by Dr Tim Bowman

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Dr Tim Bowman will give a talk at the Irish at Messines. We meet at the Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH at 7.30pm.   IMAGE: The Irish Brigade going back to a rest  after taking Guillemont in September 1916. 


039: Winter 1993

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Lancashire North Despatch Issue 19: May 2017

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Lancashire North Branch Issue 19: May 2017 Despatch The RAMC at Messines during the 1917 Offensive by Lancashire born artist Gilbert Rogers is the basis for May 2017's frontispiece and Gilbert’s story is on the back page.  Also read inside about the German naval raid on a North Sea convoy in October 1917; the death of Lieutenant Punchard of the 1/…


Ypres 1914: Messines

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By Nigel Cave & Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword, Barnsley, £12.99, 214 pp ills 7 maps throughout, German Order of Battle, selected bibliog, index ISBN 178159201-2 Book review by David Filsell The actions around Messines in 1914 all too often take second place to events on and to the left of the Ypres Menin road in writing about First Ypres. Here…


Miners at War 1914-18: South Wales Miners in the Tunnelling Companies on the Western Front

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By Ritchie Wood Helion, £35.00, 320pp Hardback, 107 illustrations within text., 29 tables, index, notes and refs. ISBN: 978-1-991096-49-8 Book review by Niall Ferguson Although the large mines at Messines and the Somme are well-known, it is only recently that researchers have realised the extent of mining on the Western Front. It was only reall…


October 2017 Newsletter

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The Newsletter of the New Zealand Branch of The Western Front Association. A rich collection of news and articles over 30 pages, with illustrations and comment through-out. 


1917 The Passchendaele Year: The Diary of Achiel van Walleghem

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Reviewed by Stephen Broomfield. In 1913, Achiel van Walleghem was appointed curate to the village of Dickebusch. After the flight of the priest in 1914 he became responsible for the souls of the residents of the village. In 1916, he was forced to move to Reninghelst, but still visited Dickebusch regularly and to care for those still living there (…


'Underground Warfare' with Simon Jones

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Simon jones will be giving a talk on underground warfare. Simon is our guest speaker for the Christmas meeting. His will be talking about mining operations and the methods used. Our photograph shows a mines rescue post during the Great War underground in France


29 July 1917 : Lt Col Edgar Robert Mobbs DSO, 7th Bn Northamptonshire Regiment.

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Edgar Mobbs was born on 29 June 1882, in Northampton, the son of Oliver L and Elizabeth Anne Mobbs. He did not make his school's First XV, preferring hockey at the time. Mobbs took up Rugby when his family moved to Olney in North Buckinghamshire. He first played for Olney in 1903 and then for the Weston Turks before moving to Northampton and playin…


'The Cheerful Sacrifice' with Jon Nicholls

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Jonathan Nicholls is an independent guide to the battlefields of the Western Front 1914-18, with over 40 years experience. He specialises in taking small groups of 1-10 persons from the UK, on private and personal, ‘bespoke’ tours to the Battlefields of the Great War. His first book, Cheerful Sacrifice, tells the story of the spring offensive of…


Messines Ridge, a new perspective by Colin Ellender

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Colin is well known to our Branch and we look forward to him presenting a new perspective Messines Ridge often visited during Branch trips to the Ypres Salient 


16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Haultain-Gall

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‘The year 1917 had been one of disaster for our arms in all save the Messines attack’ wrote the Australian ex-serviceman G.D. Mitchell in Backs to the Wall. Few of his comrades would have disagreed. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) lost far more men in the battles for Bullecourt (France), Messines and Passchendaele than at their 1915 baptism o…


30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys

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Although the war damage in Belgium was nowhere near the scale of the French 'regions dévastées', the Belgian countryside as well had to be restored. This was particularly the case in Ypres and its surrounding areas. Passchendaele, Messines, Langemarck were only few of the villages that were completely wiped off the map. Refugees and policymakers …


The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914' with Sean Godfrey

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Sean Godfrey

Sean Godfrey will be giving a talk entitled 'Little of that seed remained - The Battles of La Bassee, Armentieres and Messines 1914'

Image: 39 Garhwal Rifles. (c) National Army Museum

 

The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914


The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914

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‘Little of that Seed Remained’ – The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914

La Bassée after the fighting

 French Field Gun and ammunition waggon at Bas Maisnil

IMAGES: Rue de Lille, Armentières, The ruins of La Bassée, 'Two officers (Davidson, M. O., and Churchill) of the 1st Cameronians by a 75 mm. French Field Gun and ammunition waggon at Bas Maisnil'.