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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.


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


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 historie...

Chilwell – the VC factory explosion 1 July 1918


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 warfar...

The Low Moor Munitions Factory Explosion


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 t...

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


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 photograp...

Cheltenham in the Great War - Neela Mann


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 suffragett...

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


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 German...

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


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 a...

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


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 ki...

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


“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 abou...

'Poor cogs in the machinery of War. A day in the life of a munitions factory' - Dr Vivien Newman


On Wednesday 10th of May we welcome the return of Dr Vivien Newman to our Hatfield Peverel venue, who will present her talk about the Kynoch munitions factory in south Essex. Like many factories this was a massive complex with accommodation and its own railway station. Little remains today. The meeting will have an 8pm start. We meet in the Bar...

Rather A Big Bang - Nigel Crompton


Nigel will be making his first visit to the branch and his talk will look at munitions factory explosions and Health & Safety (or lack of it!) Talk includes Chilwell, Silvertown, Faversham, plus many others, and discusses medical issues, fire fighting and policing amongst many other themes. PLEASE NOTE: This meeting is the third Friday in th...

Where the money went - Part Three! A presentation by Roy Larkin


Roy continues to investigate 'where the money went' with part three which again looks at the financial cost of the conflict. He discusses how much was spent on munitions works, etc. for example and who spent the money but also asks 'was it worth the expenditure'.