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SPECIAL OFFER: 'Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front: A comparison' edited by Michael LoCicero with contributions from Gary Sheffield, Stephen Chambers and others.

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Announcing the launch of the Western Front Association / Helion publication: Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front, A Comparison The year 1915 saw the BEF severely challenged on the Western Front. Recovering from the loss of the majority of experienced regulars in 1914, a largely new army had to come to terms with t…


Pending Advice > 1 May : A World Aflame - Illuminating new perspectives on the Great War

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Contact the organisers closer to the time to know if this event is going ahead or not.   70 million men served in the First World War. Countless millions more lives were affected, whether through munitions production, medical services or familial ties. This FREE student-run conference will bring together current research on non-military histori…


Chilwell – the VC factory explosion 1 July 1918

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In 1914 the British armaments industry was primarily geared to supplying the needs of the Royal Navy, export markets, and a small regular army. The Navy’s and Army’s relatively modest armament needs were largely met by state-owned factories and a handful of private firms. But by autumn 1914, it was clear that the essentially static trench warfare o…


The Low Moor Munitions Factory Explosion

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Monday, August 21 in 1916 was a fine and sunny day, but would be remembered in the area of Low Moor - which is a small town to the south of Bradford, in West Yorkshire - for many years. However, over the decades, the memories of this day have faded and the unimaginable horror that took place is now largely forgotten. A clue as to the events of thi…


'Sights to make angels weep' - Halifax, Nova Scotia, 6 December 1917. Presentation by Nigel Crompton

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On a crisp winter morning, the Canadian city of Halifax and surrounding area was devastated by an explosion. Two boats had collided. One was a floating arsenal of explosives. The dead number thousands, but then nature took a hand in the tragic incident. All will be explained by Nigel. His presentation includes numerous facts, plans and photographs.…


Cheltenham in the Great War - Neela Mann

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Cheltenham in the Great War is the first book to portray the town, its people and the impact of the 'war to end all war' from the declaration of war in 1914 to Armistice Day in 1918. Almost 1,000 Cheltenham women left by train every day for munitions work, hundreds made airplanes in the Winter Gardens, many were nurses and most former suffragettes …


"Cogs in the Machinery of War" by Dr Viv Newman

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On 15 November 1918, The Times enthusiastically thanked women for 'the invaluable services which they have so freely given to the national cause', in particular the women who, from 1915 had flocked into the munitions factories which had sprung up across the land. Vital 'cogs in the machinery of war', the newspaper acknowledged that munitions worker…


The Munitionette’s First Heavy Shell. The Struggle to produce Munitions 1915 to 1918 by John Hughes-Wilson

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If, in modern warfare, fuel is the blood of victory, then munitions – in all their varied forms – are the muscles and sinews. This raw truth was first understood as the First World War deteriorated into a crude slogging match dominated by guns, shells, machines and the power of industrial output to support soldiers on the battlefield. The Germans e…


'Gretna Girls and Devil’s Porridge' with David Skillen

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In November we welcome back historian and professional lecturer David Skillern with his new talk on 'The Gretna Girls and the Devils Porridge'.    Everyone has heard of Gretna Green, yet few people have heard of HM Factory, Gretna. In 1915. A huge and top secret factory was constructed to provide ammunition for the war effort.  It was designed and…


HM Cordite Factory, Gretna; A Study in Great War Genealogy on the Home Front - Nigel Crompton MA

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We welcome Nigel Crompton to our Hornchurch venue on the 10th of August  to present his talk about the Gretna munitions factory and genealogy relating to the workers employed there.  There were 30,000 workers at HM Factory Gretna in World War One. A number of accidental deaths occurred at the Factory.  The official government figure was seven kill…


'Munitions Factories in the Great War' Nigel Crompton

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Our November meeting takes place on Sunday, 6th November 2022 when we welcome Nigel Crompton who will speak to us on the subject of 'Munitions Factories in the Great War'. This talk builds upon previous presentations on aspects of war industries such as the factories at Gretna that have been heard at the branch in recent years. All members and gu…


“Nurses, Spies and the Home Front. The role of women in the Great War” by Philip Stevens

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“Nurses, Spies and the Home Front. The role of women in the Great War” by Philip Stevens. Everyone knows something about Edith Cavell.  However the nurses, spies, munitions workers, ambulance drivers and countless others who answered the country’s call were largely forgotten again after the war ended.  They deserve better.  Philip will talk about…