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The Battle of the Somme - A Royal Flying Corps perspective
On 1st July 1916, the Battle of the Somme opened. With 60,000 casualties (including 20,000 dead) on the first day, this battle continues to fascinate and appal in equal measure. One aspect of the Battle of the Somme which is less well covered than others is that of the airmen who flew over the area during the summer and autumn of 1916, and later in…
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Ep. 1 - HMS Caroline
This episode comes from HMS Caroline, the last remaining warship that fought at the 1916 Battle of Jutland. We also interview historian Gavin Hughes on his new book Fighting Irish, talk to Beverly Jones about Peterborough’s tea stall visitors book stories and speak to PhD student Michael Woods about tactical learning in 1915. …
Ep. 2 - Lessons from the Battle of the Somme
We hear from historians Steven Barker and Jack Sheldon on how combatants learnt lessons from the Battle of the Somme. Your browser does not support the audio element. We also discuss with psychologist Peter Hodgkinson his latest book Glum H…
Ep. 3 - Stately Homes and Cartoons in the First World War
This episode looks at the new research on the Great War from the University of Kent. PhD students Jack Davies tells about his research into stately homes as hospitals and Philippa Gregory discusses her doctoral study into cartoon humour during the war.
Ep. 4 – The Honourable Artillery Company in 1917 – Michael Orr
Michael Orr talks about ‘Bunny and his artillery company: Command and Morale in 2nd Battalion Honourable Artillery Company in 1917’, a lecture from the joint WFA and British Commission for Military History conference ‘The Armies of 1917’, held in April 2017.
Ep. 5 – French Tanks in 1917 – Dr Tim Gale
Dr Tim Gale talks about ‘The development of French armoured warfare doctrine in 1917 ’, a lecture from the joint WFA and British Commission for Military History conference ‘The Armies of 1917’, held in April 2017.
Ep. 6 – British Staff in 1917 – Dr Paul Harris
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. 7 – Irish Soldiers in 1917 – Philip Pratley
Philip Pratley talks about ‘Irish Soldiers One Year On: The Changes of 1917 ’, a lecture from the joint Western Front Association and British Commission for Military History conference ‘The Armies of 1917’, held in April 2017.
Ep. 8 – The Great War’s Influence on Popular Music – Dr Peter Grant
Dr Peter Grant, a cultural historian from the Cass Business School, discusses how the Great War has shaped and provided inspiration for modern pop bands, heavy metal and contemporary classical music. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 9 – Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps – Dr Samantha Philo-Gill
Dr Samantha Philo-Gill discusses her new book on the formation, role and legacy of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (published by Pen & Sword).
Ep. 10 – Battlefield tourism on the Western Front – Dr Stephen Miles
Dr Stephen Miles discusses battlefield tourism on the Western Front based on his new book The Western Front : Landscape, Tourism and Heritage, published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 11 – Winning with Laughter – Cartoonists in the Great War – Luci Gosling
Luci Gosling, from the Mary Evans Picture Library, discusses a talk she gave to the Western Front Association's 2017 AGM in Newcastle on cartoons, cartoonists and the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Dr Tom Thorp…
Ep. 12 – The Diary of a Belgian Priest – 1917 with the British in Ypres – Dominiek Dendooven
Dominiek Dendooven, from the In Flanders Fields museum, discusses the recently published 1917 diary of Belgian priest Achiel Van Walleghem, who was based near Ypres behind the British lines (Edward Everett Root Publishers Co. Ltd).
Ep. 13 – The Great War tea stall at Peterborough East Station
Beverly Jones, from Peterborough Archives Service, talks about the research into two visitors’ books from a tea stall run by the Women’s United Total Abstinence Council on Peterborough East Railway Station during 1916 and 1917.
Ep. 14 – General Fox Conner and the American Expeditionary Force in WW1 – Steven Rabalais
Steven Rabalais talks about his biography of General Fox Conner (published by Casemate) who was the American Expeditionary Force during the Great War and was a mentor to Dwight Eisenhower in the 1920’s.
Ep. 15 – The Island of Ireland and the Great War in Flanders – Piet Chielens from In Flanders Fields Museum
Piet Chielens, the Coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, gives a guest lecture at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast on Thursday, 1st June, titled ‘The Island of Ireland and the Great War in Flanders’.
Ep. 16 – The Myths of the Irish at Messines – Dr Tim Bowman
Dr Tim Bowman, University of Kent, gives a guest lecture at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in Belfast to mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines (7 June) which involved the Irish raised divisions, 16th Irish and 36th Ulster. His talk addresses the myths which have grown up around the battle. …
Ep. 17 – Psychological survival in the trenches – Dr Peter Hodgkinson
Clinical psychologist Dr Peter Hodgkinson discusses his latest book Glum Heroes (published by Helion & Co.) on how soldiers coped with the psychological stress and strain of trench warfare during the Great War.
Ep. 18 – Passchendaele – Dr Nick Lloyd
Dr Nick Lloyd, from King’s College London, discusses the Battle of Third Ypres and his new book Passchendaele, A New History (published by Viking Penguin).
Ep. 19 – Animals in the Great War – Lucinda Moore
Lucinda Moore, a picture researcher at the Mary Evans Picture Library, discusses her new book Animals in the Great War with Tom Thorpe. Your browser does not support the audio element. Transcript Dr Tom Thorpe [TT]: In this week's episo…
Ep. 20 – Sniping in the Great War – Martin Pegler
Martin Pegler, former Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries, discusses sniping and field-craft in the First World War (his book, Sniping in the Great War, has been re-published by Pen & Sword).
Ep. 22 – Donegall Pass Heroes of the Great War Project – Ron McMurray
Ron McMurray from the Donegall Pass Heroes of the Great War Project explains the community based initiative that has been used to discover the stories of men from South Belfast who fought in the First World War.
Ep. 23 – The Auxiliaries in Ireland’s War of Independence – Paul O’Brien
Military historian Paul O’Brien discusses his new book Havoc on the role and impact of the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary during the Irish War of Independence, 1920-21.
Ep. 24 – The First Battle of the Scarpe (Arras) April 1917 – Jim Smithson
Jim Smithson discusses his latest book A Taste of Success: The First Battle of the Scarpe April 9-14 1917 (Solihull: Helion 2017 (Wolverhampton Military Studies)) which examines the opening phase of the Battle Arras.
Ep. 25 – Major General Nugent, the Ulster Division and their army commanders in 1916 – Nicholas Perry
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
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. 27 – Black Watch volunteers in Dublin before the First World War – Ian Montgomery
Ian Montgomery, Co-chair, Antrim and Down WFA branch, talks on ‘Thoroughbred Irishmen: Black Watch volunteers in Dublin before the First World War’. This lecture was given at conference between the WFA and the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland on military traditions in Ireland.
Ep. 28 – Military Recruitment in Ireland, 1916 – Dr William Butler
Dr William Butler (University of Kent) talks on ‘Can you any longer resist the call?’ Military Recruiting in Ireland, 1916. This was part of the branch’s Somme Conference held in October 2016. The normal routine of interviews will begin after the summer break.
Ep. 29 – Commemoration of the Great War in Ireland – Dr Chris Manson
Dr Chris Manson talks on ‘Commemoration of WW1 in Ireland’. This talk was given to Antrim and Down branch of the WFA in 2016. The normal routine of interviews will begin after the summer break. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 30 – Joseph Steward’s Platoon – Andy Robertshaw
Military historian Andy Robertshaw talks about the amazing account of Private Joseph John Steward’s military service in the 1/13 Battalion London Regiment during the Great War he edited (published by Pen & Sword, 2011).
Ep. 31 – Women in Britain and Europe during the Great War – Dr Vivien Newman
Historian and author Dr Vivien Newman talks about the role and experience of women in Europe and Britain during the First World War.
Ep. 32 – Brigadier General Frank Crozier – Charles Messenger
Historian Charles Messenger discusses his biography of controversial soldier Frank Crozier; Brigadier in the Great War, Inspector General of the Lithuanian Army and Commander of the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary during the War of Irish Independence.
Ep. 33 – The 'Spanish Flu' Pandemic 1917-19 – Dr Jane Orr
Medical doctor and historian Dr Jane Orr talks to the podcast about the “Spanish Flu” pandemic which killed up to 100 million people across the world between 1917 and 1919.
Ep. 34 – Shellshock in World War 1 – Dr Stefanie Linden
Psychiatrist and medical historian Dr Stefanie Linden discusses her new book on the diagnosis and treatment of shellshock by doctors in Britain and Germany (published by Helion and Co.).
Ep. 35 – The Doughboys, 1917-1918 – Michael St Maur Sheil
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. 36 – A subaltern on the Western Front – John Rigby-Jones
John Rigby Jones talks about his new book on the experience and service of his teenage grandfather, Captain Eric Rigby Jones, on the Western Front during the Great War with the Liverpool Pals (published by Helion and Co).
Ep. 37 – Dr Harold Gillies and plastic surgery during WW1 – Dr Andrew Bamji
Dr Andrew Bamji talks about New Zealand surgeon Dr Harold Gillies and his pioneering work in plastic surgery to treat and manage facial injuries at the Queen’s Hospital, Sidcup during the First World War. This talk is based around his recent book Faces from the Front, published by Helion and Co. …
Ep. 38 – Spying for the Kaiser – Regina Diana and espionage in France – Dr Vivien Newman
Dr Vivien Newman talks about her new book (with David Alexander Scott Semeraro) on female agent Regina Diana who spied for the Germans in France during the Great War. Her book is titled Seductress, Siren, Spy: The Undercover World of Agent Regina Diana 1914-1918, and is published by Pen and Sword. …
Ep. 39 – The 8th Lincolns at Loos – Nigel Atter
Nigel Atter talks about the role and experience of his grandfather’s battalion, the 8th Lincolns at the Battle of Loos in September 1915, this is based on his latest book published by Helion and Co.
Ep. 40 – Marjorie’s War – Charles Fair
Charles Fairs talks about a collection of letters and diaries written by his grandparents and their immediate social circle during the Great War that he published in 2012. The central character is his grandmother Marjorie Secretan and Charles talks about how the war affected her as she lost her brother, fiancé and other close family members before …
Ep. 41 – The Canadians on the Somme – Dr William Stewart
Dr William Stewart talks about his latest book, published by Helion and Co, that examines the Canadian forces contribution, experience and performance during the Battle of the Somme.
Ep. 42 – What did you do in the Great War, Grandfather? – Charles Barrington
Charles Barrington talks about his new book (published by Helion and Co.) What did you do in the Great War, Grandfather? about his grandfather’s service in the Great War as a regular artillery officer serving with the BEF in 1914 and then with the 61st Division.
Ep. 43 – The Half Shilling Curate – Sarah Reay
Sarah Reay talks about her latest book The Half Shilling Curate which details her Grandfather Herbert Cowl’s military service as an army chaplain in the 23rd Division on the Western Front during the Great War (published by Helion and Co.).
Ep. 44 – The Yanks are Coming! The AEF in World War One – John Lee
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. 45 – Dublin’s Great Wars: Parallel Stories 1912-1923 – Prof. Richard Grayson
Professor Richard Grayson, Goldsmith’s London, talks about his forthcoming book on Dublin between 1912-1923. He gave this lecture on 10 November last year (2017) to the Antrim and Down branch of The Western Front Association.
Ep. 46 – Photographing the Fallen – Jeremy Gordon-Smith
Jeremy Gordon-Smith talks about his new book Photographing the Fallen (published by Pen & Sword) on his great uncle Ivan Bawtree, who was a photographer with the Graves Registration Unit on the Western Front during the Great War.
Ep. 47 – The Chinese Labour Corps – Dr Spencer Jones
Dr. Spencer Jones, Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton talks about the Chinese Labour Corps in the Great War.
Ep. 48 – The Hindenburg Line – Clive Harris
Military historian and battlefield guide Clive Harris, Director of Battle Honours, discusses the Hindenburg Line during the First World War.
Ep. 49 – The 48th Division, 1908-1918 – Dr K.W. Mitchinson
Dr Bill Mitchinson talks about his latest book on the 48th (South Midland) Division from 1908 to 1919 (published by Helion & Co.)
Ep. 50 – The London Regiment before the Great War – Charles Fair & Tom Thorpe
Historian Charles fair and host Tom Thorpe survey the character, traditions and quirks of the 28 infantry battalions of the London Regiment prior to the Great War.
Ep. 51 – The Wirral in the Great War – Stephen Roberts (1)
Stephen Roberts talks about Wirral in the Great War.
Ep. 52 – Cambridge Communities in the Great War – Joanna Costin
PhD candidate Joanna Costin talks about her research into the Cambridgeshire communities in the Great War. Joanna was one of six doctoral students who were recipients of the WFA PhD scholarship grant scheme that is designed to further academic research and understanding into the First World War. …
Ep. 53 – Nannies and the Great War – Louise Heren
Author and historian Louise Heren talks about her book on Nannies and the Great War (published by Pen and Sword).
Ep. 54 – The Confessions of a Battlefield Tour Guide – Clive Harris
Military historian and guide Clive Harris talks about his 20 years of experiences as a battlefield tour guide taking parties of people around sites in France and Flanders.
Ep. 55 – Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria – Dr Jonathan Boff
Dr Jonathan Boff, University of Birmingham, discusses his latest book Haig’s Enemy on Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria during the Great War on the Western Front (published by OUP).
Ep. 56 – Resisting Conscription: the Appeals Tribunals in Middlesex – Carol Henderson
Doctoral candidate Carol Henderson talks about her research into the military appeals tribunals in Middlesex where men sought to gain exemption from conscription and military service during the Great War.
Ep. 57 – The Great War Contribution of the Punjabi village of Dulmial, Pakistan – Dr Irfan Malik
GP Dr Irfan Malik talks about his research into the Great War contribution of his ancestral village of Dulmial, which is located in the Punjab area of Pakistan.
Ep. 58 – Woodbine Willie – Dr Linda Parker
Dr Linda Parker talks about her new book (published by Helion and Co) on Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better known as Woodbine Willie, during his service as an Army Chaplain in the Great War.
Ep. 59 – British Widows of the First World War – Andrea Hetherington
Andrea Hetherington talks about her new book British Widows of the First World War (published Pen and Sword).
Ep. 60 – Wherever the firing line extends – Ronan McGreevy
Irish Times Journalist Ronan McGreevy about his book Wherever the Firing line Extends, published by the History Press Ireland. This book examines the legacy of the 23 Irish memorials to fallen men on the Western Front. In the podcast, Ronan talks about documentary he made that looks at the Irish involvement in the 1917 campaign. Details of where to…
Ep. 61 – D.H. Lawrence and the Great War – Dr Andrew Humphries
Dr Andrew Humphries, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, talks on D.H. Lawrence during the Great War and his recent book D. H. Lawrence, Transport and Cultural Transition: ‘A Great Sense of Journeying’ (published by Palgrave Macmillan).
Ep. 62 – King George V during the Great War – Alexandra Churchill
TV historian and author Alexandra Churchill talks about research for her forthcoming book on King George V during the Great War. Alexandra Churchill, the front cover of 'Eye of the Storm' and HM King George V, on Wytschaete Ridge in Belgium on 4 July 1917 during a tour of the Western Front. © IWM Q 5586 …
Ep. 63 – Blockade, economic warfare and the use of hunger during the Great War – Sir Hew Strachan
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. 64 – The London Irish in the Great War – Richard O’Sullivan
Richard O’Sullivan, Assistant Curator at the London Irish Rifles Association, talks about the London Irish battalions of the London Regiment during the Great War.
Ep. 65 – Major Discoveries on the Western Front – David Tattersfield
Western Front Association trustee David Tattersfield talks about his detective work in France to determine the identities of two majors buried in graves marked unknown, who were both killed in the German Spring offensive on the River Aisne in May 1918.
Ep. 66 – The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu – Kenneth C. Davis
Author Kenneth C. Davis talks about his latest book on the hidden history of the Spanish Flu during World War 1, published by Henry Holt.
Ep. 68 – The British Manpower Crisis of 1918 – Dr Alison Hines
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
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.
Ep. 70 – The Last Battle – Endgame on the Western Front 1918 – Peter Hart
Historian Peter Hart about his new book The Last Battle – Endgame on the Western Front 1918, published by Profile books.
Ep. 71 – From Docks and Sand – The 7th Battalion Liverpool Regiment in the First World War – Dr Adrian Gregson
Dr Adrian Gregson talks about his recent book, From Docks and Sand, Southport and Bottle·s Battalion, the 7th King·s Liverpool Regiment, in the First World War, published by Helion and Co.
Ep. 72 – British POWs in Germany during WW1 – Dr Oliver Wilkinson
Dr Oliver Wilkinson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, talks about his recent book titled British Prisoners of War in First World War Germany published by Cambridge University Press.
Ep. 73 – Learning to Fight – Military innovation in the British Army 1914-1918 – Dr Aimee Fox
Dr. Aimee Fox, Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London, talks about her new book Learning to Fight. This looks at military innovation in the British Army during the First World War and is published by Cambridge University Press. You can read a review of 'Learning to Fight' here > 'Learning to Fight' …
Ep. 74 – The British Tommy in 1918 – Taff Gillingham
Historian and First World War expert Taff Gillingham delivers a lecture on the British soldier in 1918. This talk was given at The Western Front Association's York Conference on 7th July 2018.
Ep. 75 – Tubby Clayton – Dr Linda Parker
Dr. Linda Parker talks about her book on the Rev. Philip ‘Tubby’ Clayton during the Great War, published by Helion & Co.
Ep. 76 – Canadian Nurses’ Great War narratives – Andrea McKenzie
Dr. Andrea McKenzie, Associate Professor at York University, Toronto, Canada, talks about her research into Canadian nurses’ war narratives of the Great War.
Ep. 77 – The Third Battle of the Aisne 1918 – David Blanchard
Historian David Blanchard talks about his latest book on the Third Battle of the Asine that took place in May 1918. This book is published by Pen and Sword.
Ep. 78 – The Second British Army during the Liberation of Flanders in 1918 – Dr Dennis Williams
Historian Dr Dennis Williams talks about his latest book on the British Second Army and its role in the Liberation of Flanders during the 100 days. This book is published by Helion and Co.
Ep. 81 – ‘Haig’s tower of strength’ – General Sir Edward Bulfin – John Powell
Former Brigadier and author John Powell talks about his biography of General Sir Edward Bulfin, an Irish Catholic general officer in the British Army during the Great War. This has been published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 82 – Force Feeding in the First World War – Dr Ian Miller
Medical historian and curator Dr Ian Miller, Lecturer at Ulster University, talks about force-feeding during the Great War.
Ep. 82a – Extra Episode – The Capture of the Riqueval Bridge – Jim Tanner
Former Brigadier Jim Tanner, current Chairman of Trustees at the Staffordshire Regimental Museum, talks about the capture of Riqueval Bridge over the St Quentin Canal by the 46th Midland Division, the centenary of which is being commemorated on Saturday 29 September 2018 at a ceremony on the bridge. At this ceremony, the memorial placed there by Th…
Ep. 83 – Wilfred Owen – Dr Kate Kennedy
Scholar and author Dr Kate Kennedy, from the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW), based at Wolfson College University of Oxford, talks about Wilfred Owen and his poetry during the Great War.
Ep. 84 – The British Army on the Western Front in 1916 – Dr Spencer Jones
Scholar and author Dr Spencer Jones from the University of Wolverhampton talks about his new book, At All Costs, which looks at the British Army on the Western Front in 1916. This is published by Helion and Co.
Ep. 85 – Women of Aktion – female activists in the German 1918 Revolution – Prof. Ingrid Sharp
Professor Ingrid Sharp, Professor of German Cultural and Gender History at the University of Leeds, talks about her research into female political activists during the German 1918 revolution.
Ep. 86 – Dublin’s Great Wars, 1912-23 – Prof. Richard Grayson
Professor Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London, talks about his new book charting Dublin’s Great Wars, 1912-1923, that covers the role of Dubliners in the Great War, Easter Rising and Irish Revolution. His book is published by Cambridge University Press. …
Ep. 87 – Conscientious Objectors in WW1 – Gerry Barton
Gerry Barton talks about his new book, jointly written with John Babb, on conscientious objectors in Mid-Staffordshire and the Black Country during the Great War.
Ep. 88 – The 10th (Irish) Division – Dr Stephen Sandford
Historian Dr. Stephen Sandford talks about his 2014 book, Neither Unionist Nor Nationalist, about the history of the 10th (Irish) Division during the Great War.
Ep. 89 – Civilian Volunteers during WW1 – Dr Sally White
Dr Sally White talks about her new book Ordinary Heroes on civilian volunteers during the Great War, published by Amberly.
Ep. 90 – The Portuguese Expeditionary Force in the First World War – Miguel Freire
Portuguese Army officer Miguel Freire talks about the role of the Portuguese Expeditionary Force on the Western Front during the Great War.
Ep. 91 – The Morale of the Italian Army in the First World War – Dr Vanda Wilcox
Historian Dr Vanda Wilcox, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at John Cabot University, talks about her recent book on the morale of the Italian Army during the Great War which has just been published in paperback by Cambridge University Press (from 20.12.2018).
Ep. 92 – Public School Great War Memorials – Sarah Wearne
School archivist Sarah Wearne talks about her new book that looks at Great War memorials in public schools. This is published by Helion.
Ep. 93 – Willie Redmond MP – John Green
John Green talks about his relative Irish nationalist politician Major Willie Redmond MP, who was killed at the Battle of Messines in June 1917.
Ep. 94 – The Great War Pension Record Cards – David Tattersfield
David Tattersfield, The Western Front Association Trustee, talks about the First World War Pension Record Cards that the WFA acquired from the Ministry of Defence in 2012 and how these records are to be made publicly accessible online.
Ep. 95 – The Rise of Sir William Robertson – Ross Beadle
Historian Ross Beadle talks about the rise of Sir William Robertson who was appointed to the role of Chief of the Imperial General Staff in December 1915.
Ep. 96 – Lawrence of Arabia – Dr John Peaty
Military historian Dr John Peaty talks about Lawrence of Arabia.
Ep. 97 – Witnessing the End of the German Occupation of Brussels,1918 – Prof Tammy Proctor
Professor Tammy Proctor from Utah State University gives a talk on the end of the German occupation of Brussels between the dates of October to December 1918. This talk was given as part of the ‘End of the War & the Reshaping of a Century’ conference held at the University of Wolverhampton in September last year. …
Ep. 98 – Australian Corps Operations during the Hundred Days – Richard Stobo
Richard Stobo talks about, ‘The Australian Victories in France in 1918? An Examination of Australian Corps Operations during the Hundred Days’.
This talk was given as part of the ‘End of the War & the Reshaping of a Century’ conference held at the University of Wolverhampton in September last year.
Ep. 99 – The German Army in 1918 – Jack Sheldon
Historian Jack Sheldon talks about the performance and collapse of the German Army during the Hundred Days in 1918.
Ep. 100 – Reflections on the Great War Centenary and Historiography – Prof. Peter Simkins
For the 100th edition, outgoing WFA President, Prof. Peter Simkins, gives his reflections on the Great War Centenary and his life as a First World War historian.
Ep. 101 – The Treatment of Mentally Ill Irish Ex-servicemen After WW1 – Dr Michael Robinson
Medical historian Dr Michael Robinson, from the University of Liverpool, talks about the treatment of mentally-ill Irish ex-serviceman after the Great War.
Ep. 102 – British Infantry Training during the First World War – Harry Sanderson
Doctoral candidate Harry Sanderson, from the University of Leeds, discusses his research into the training of British infantry soldiers during the Great War.
Ep. 103 – The impact of military service for women who served in WW1 – Jane Clarke
Doctoral candidate Jane Clarke, studying at the University of Manchester, discusses her research into the impact of military service for women who served in the First World War.
Ep. 104 – The Salonika Front – Alan Wakefield
Alan Wakefield, Head of First World War & Early 20th Century Conflict at the Imperial War Museum and Chairman of the Salonika Campaign Society, talks about the Salonika campaign during the Great War.
Ep. 105 – Researching British Officers in WW1 – Prof. Michael Durey
Emeritus Professor Michael Durey, from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, talks about his background and interest in history and his current research project which explores the lives of British officers killed on the Western Front during the Great War. Born in Bethnal Green, Blackheath, Michael Davey took his first degree at York Univer…
Ep. 106 - The Impact of the First World War on Australian-British relations – Dr Jack Davies
Dr Jack Davies, Assistant Curator at the Science Museum, talks about the impact of the First World War on Australian-British relations. This talk was given as part of the End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century International Conference held at the University of Wolverhampton in September last year. …
Ep. 107 – The Berlin Philharmonic & London Symphony Orchestras in the First World War – Percy Leung
Doctoral student Percy Leung at the University of St Andrews talks about his research into the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras during the Great War.
Ep. 108 – Nobody of Any Importance – Phil Sutcliffe
Phil Sutcliffe talks about his father’s account of being an infantryman during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Phil's father, Sam Sutcliffe, was a World War One 'Tommy.' He enlisted at the age of 16 in t…
Ep. 109 – Operation Delta – Dr Bill Stewart
Dr Bill Stewart talks about the Canadian Corp’s Operation Delta and how it shaped operations during the 100 Days in 1918.
Ep. 110 – British Territorials in India – Prof Peter Stanley
Prof. Peter Stanley, from the University of New South Wales, talks about his latest book on British Territorials in India during the Great War, published by Helion.
Ep. 111 – L/Cpl Wijnand 'Vic' Hamman, 2nd South African Regt – Emile Coetzee
Emile Coetzee, from North West University in South Africa, talks about L/Cpl Wijnand 'Vic' Hamman, who served in South African 2nd Regt during the Great War.
Ep. 112 – Humour in British literature during the Great War – Dr Emily Anderson
Dr Emily Anderson, from Newcastle University, talks about her PhD research into humour in British literature during the Great War.
Ep. 113 – The Ulster Division during the German Spring Offensive – Michael Nugent
Michael Nugent talks about his book on the 36th Ulster Division during the German 1918 Spring Offensive, published by Helion.
Ep. 114 – Chaplains and religion on the Western Front – Dr Martin Purdy
Dr Martin Purdy talks about chaplains and religion on the Western Front during the Great War.
Ep. 115 – English infantryman’s morale and the perception of crisis on the Western Front – Dr Alex Mayhew
Dr Alex Mayhew discusses his PhD that looked at the English infantryman’s morale and perception of crisis on the Western Front.
Ep. 116 – The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in 1920 – Dr Mario Draper
Dr Mario Draper, Lecturer in Modern British and European History at the University of Kent, discusses the mutiny of the Connaught Rangers in India in 1920. 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. 117 – Post War Mutinies in the British Army – Dr William Butler
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. 118 – British, French and American Relations on the Western Front, 1914-1918 – Dr Chris Kempshall
Dr Chris Kempshall, Teaching Fellow in European History at the University of Sussex, talks about his book on the relationships between soldiers in the British, French and American armies on the Western Front during the Great War. This is the subject of his first book published by Palgrave Macmillan. …
Ep. 119 – The Chinese Labour Corps – Wenlan Peng
Wenlan Peng, from the Meridian Society, talks about the Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front during the Great War.
Ep. 120 – Popular Responses to the Outbreak of WW1 – Prof Catriona Pennell
Prof Catriona Pennell, from the University of Exeter, talks about her book on the popular responses to the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 (published by OUP). Your browser does not support the audio element. Her own interest in the perio…
Ep. 121 – Communications and British Operations on the Western Front – Dr Brian Hall
Dr Brian Hall, Programme Leader at the University of Salford, talks about his book on communications and operations on the Western Front during the Great War (published by CUP).
Ep. 122 – The Welsh Walter Mitty – Marietta Crichton Stuart
Marietta Crichton Stuart talks about Percy Shuttlewood who served in her grandfather’s battalion during the Great War and she describes as the ‘Welsh Walter Mitty’.
Ep. 123 – British veterans’ responses to Peace Day, 19 July 1919 – Mike Hally
Mike Hally, PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, discusses his research into veterans’ response to Peace Day that was held on 19 July 1919.
Ep. 124 – Archibald Wavell – William Franklin
William Franklin talks about the First World War career of Archibald Wavell.
Ep. 125 – The 1914-5 Campaign in German SW Africa – Antonio Garcia
Antonio Garcia talks about his recent book on the South African campaign against German South West Africa in 1914/5 (published by Helion).
Ep. 128 – Serbia in the Great War – Dr Samuel Foster
Dr Samuel Foster, Visiting Academic in the School of History, University of East Anglia, talks about Serbia in the Great War.
Ep. 129 – Sabaton’s Great War Album – Pär Sundström
Pär Sundström, bass player in the Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton, talks about their new album, The Great War, inspired by the First World War, and the fundraising the band has done for the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool. Your browser does not support the audio element.…
Ep. 130 – Sex on the Western Front – Dr Bruce Cherry
Dr Bruce Cherry talks about his book on the sex life of the Tommy on the Western Front, They Didn’t Want to Die Virgins: Sex and Morale in the British Army on the Western Front 1914-1918, which was published by Helion and Co in 2016. Your browser does not support the audio …
Ep. 131 – The 51st Highland Division – Colin Campbell
Colin Campbell about his book on the 51st Highland Division during the Great War that has been reprinted by Pen and Sword.
Ep. 132 – A Lord Lieutenant at War – Dr Richard Batten
Dr Richard Batten, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, talks about a collection of papers relating to the wartime experience of Hugh Fortescue, the Fourth Earl Fortescue, who was Lord Lieutenant for Devon during the Great War, that he has recently edited. These papers are collected in a volume produced by the Devon and Cornwall Re…
Ep. 133 – African American Servicemen during WW1 – Dr Amanda Nagel
Amanda Nagel PhD, Assistant Professor of Military History at the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College, talks about African-American Servicemen during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 134 – Bairnsfather’s Better ‘ole' cartoon – Dr Helen Brooks & Dr Pip Gregory
On this week’s Dispatches podcast, Dr Helen Brooks, Reader in Theatre and Cultural History, School of Arts, and Dr Philippa Gregory, History HPL Tutor, both from the University of Kent, talk about Bruce Bairnsfather’s famous ‘Other ‘Ole’ cartoon and its impact and resonance during the Great War and after. …
Ep. 135 – North East Coastal Communities during the Great War – Dr Michael Reeve
Dr Michael Reeve, Academic Skills Tutor and History Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, talks about his doctoral research into coastal communities in the NE of England during the War.
Ep. 136 – Food in the Trenches – Dr Rachel Duffett
Dr Rachel Duffett, Research Officer, Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, talks about on her recent book the Stomach for Fighting that looks at food and the British Tommy during the First World War.
Ep. 137 – The letters of Douglas Haig and Hugo De Pree – Prof. Gary Sheffield
Professor Gary Sheffield, Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, talks about a collection of papers, In Haig’s Shadow, that he has recently edited and has been published by Greenhill Books. This volume features private papers from the De Pree family that include unseen correspondence from Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig and Ha…
Ep. 138 – The Indian Labour Corps in the First World War – Pratap Chhetri
Pratrap Chhetri’s research and interest goes beyond the statistics to take in tribal culture, memories of war, widening horizons and the independence movement in India. Your browser does not support the audio element. With a postgrad degr…
Ep. 139 – Bilsdale in the Great War – Susan Laffey
Sue Laffey talks about the research she and Ida Atkinson did into the community of Bilsdale, North Yorkshire, during the First World War and the Great War service of its residents.
Ep. 140 – Who Killed Kitchener? – David Laws
Former cabinet minister and MP, David Laws talks about Kitchener: his sad youth growing up in Ireland and tutored at home, his early and unimpressive army career followed in time by successes in Sudan and South Africa founded on his belief in careful planning and preparation. Cold to anyone who did not know him and unpopular with politicians he non…
Ep. 141 – The Heugh Battery in the Great War – Diane Stephens
Diane Stephens, Manager of the Heugh Battery Museum about the battery and its role in the First World War.
Ep. 142 – The Battle of the Somme Film – Dr Toby Haggith
Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator, Department of Second World War and Mid-20th Century Conflict, Imperial War Museum, talks about his research into the 1916 Battle of the Somme Film.
Ep. 143 – Veterans, Families, Museums and Mementos of the FWW – Dr Ann-Marie Foster
Dr Anne-Marie Foster, Lecturer, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast, talks about her research investigating the ethical, legal and policy questions around families donating First World War items of former veterans to museums.
Ep. 144 – British West Indies Regiment and the Taranto 1918 Mutiny – Tony T
Tony T, Oral Historian and Producer from Sweet Patootee productions, talks about a historical documentary he made with colleagues interviewing former black veterans who served in the British West Indies Regiment during the Great War and who witnessed their Regiment’s involvement in the mutiny at Taranto, Italy, in December 1918. …
Ep. 146 – The YMCA during WW1 – Kathryn White
Kathryn White, a PhD history student at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, talks about her doctoral research into religion and the YMCA in WW1. [Follow her at https://www.kathrynshistoryblog.com/] Kathryn White talks about the research she is doing for her PhD on the YMCA during the First World War. …
Ep. 147 – Officer Cadet Battalions – Charles Fair
Charles Fair talks about his research into Officer Cadet Battalions during the Great War. The evolution of the OCBs stemmed from a shortage of officers from late 1915/early 1916. A system of picking those from the 'right schools' would no longer suffice. There was also a problem with what to do with the 'inefficient', a euphemism for 'incompetent'…
Ep. 148 – The First and the Last of the Sheffield City Bn – John Cornwell
John Cornwell talks about his book on the first recruit and last survivor of the 12th Battalion, Yorks and Lancs Regiment (Sheffield City Battalion). This is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 149 – The Amritsar Massacre – Vanessa Holburn
Journalist and writer Vanessa Holburn talks about her recent book on the 1919 Amritsar Massacre. This is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 150 – War Without End – Prof. Sir Hew Strachan
Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Patron of The Western Front Association and Professor at University of St Andrews, talks about the social, political and economic consequences of the Great War for the major combatants immediately after the Armistice.
Ep. 151 – Desertion in the UK during WW1 – Andrea Hetherington
Andrea Hetherington talks about her research into soldiers who deserted in Britain during the Great War.
Image: Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster No.125. (c) IWM PSY 0314
Ep. 152 – Defence of Trinity College during the Easter Rising – Dr Rory Sweetman
Dr Rory Sweetman, of the Centre for Scottish and Irish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand talks about his recent book on the defence of Trinity College Dublin during the Easter Rising in 1916. This is published by Four Courts Press.
Ep. 153 – The 66th (East Lancs) Division During the German Spring Offensive – David Martin
David Martin talks about his recent book on the 66th Division (East Lancs) during the German Spring Offensive. This is published by Pen & Sword.
Olympian and Composer: Frederick Septimus Kelly
Over the years Stand To! editor Jon Cooksey has been involved in co-writing and producing several documentaries for the BBC in collaboration with BBC Senior Broadcast Journalist and Sports Editor Graham McKechnie. The first of these has been made available with permission for members during the period of lockdown. In the broadcast which we have m…
Bernard Vann VC: Christian Soldier
Over the years Stand To! editor Jon Cooksey has been involved in co-writing and producing several documentaries for the BBC in collaboration with BBC Senior Broadcast Journalist and Sports Editor Graham McKechnie. These have now been made available with permission for members during the period of lockdown. In the broadcast which we have made avai…
Ep. 154 – Rugbeians at War – Dan Mclean
Author Dan Mclean talks about his book on Rugbeians in the Great War, published by Pen and Sword.
Ep. 155 – Zeppelin Nights : London in the First World War – Prof. Jerry White
Professor Jerry White, Professor in History at Birkbeck, University of London, talks about his social history about the London during the Great War. This is published by Vintage.
Ep. 156 – The Indian Army in the Great War – Dr Adam Prime
Dr Adam Prime, lecturer in the Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Salford, talks about his research into the Indian Army during the Great War. In this podcast you will hear how the Indian Army came about with its origins in the defence of the East India Company from 1757. A hundred years later when the British Army needed to de…
Ep. 157 – Responses of Irish Jesuits to the end of the First World War – Damien Burke
Damien Burke, archivist at the Irish Jesuit Archives, talks about his research into the responses of Irish Jesuits to the end of the Great War.
Ep. 158 - The German Zeppelin Offensive and Propaganda – David Marks
David Marks talks about his recent book on the German Zeppelin Offensive as documented in propaganda, postcards and pictures. This has been published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 159 – The 2nd Inniskillings at Festubert, 1915 – Michael Nugent
Michael Nugent talks about his recent book into the 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at the 1915 Battle of Festubert. This is published by Reveille Press.
Ep. 160 – The 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment in FWW – Nigel Atter
Historian Nigel Atter talks about his book on the Great War service of the 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. This is published by Helion. 11 May 2020 : Podcast 160 Nigel Atter, a self-styled ‘independent scholar’ is an active member of the Leicestershire & Rutland branch of The Western Front Association. His interest in the First Wor…
Walter Tull: Pioneering Black Sportsman and First World War Soldier
Over the years Stand To! editor Jon Cooksey has been involved in co-writing and producing several documentaries for the BBC in collaboration with BBC Senior Broadcast Journalist and Sports Editor Graham McKechnie. These have now been made available with permission for members during the period of lockdown. In the broadcast which we have made av…
Ep. 161 – Civilian Internment in the First World War – Prof Matthew Stibbe
Professor Matthew Stibbe, Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University about his book on civilian internment during the Great War. This is published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Ep. 163 – Tom Barry – British First World War soldier to IRA leader – Gerry White
Gerry White, Chairman of the Cork branch of The Western Front Association, talks about his research into Tom Barry, who was a British soldier in the First World and became a leading IRA commander during the Anglo-Irish War.
Ep. 165 – The Great War Centenary Battlefields programme – Simon Bendry
Simon Bendry, the former Programme Director of the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme based at University College London, talks about the programme that completed its work in March 2020. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 166 – Washington in the Great War – Peter Welsh
Peter Welsh talks about his research into the community of Washington during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Dr Tom Thorpe (TT) : Welcome to ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ the podcast from The Western Front associa…
Ep. 168 – Operation Alias – David Tattersfield
David Tattersfield, Development Trustee of the WFA, talks about Operation Alias, a project by the WFA to identify men who fell in the Great War and served under an alias or ‘false’ name. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 169 – The Sandringham Company – Neil Storey
Neil Story talks about his book on the service of the Territorial Battalions of the Norfolk Regiment during the Great War, and in particular, the famous Sandringham Company. This book is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 170 – Louis Botha, South African PM during WW1 – Prof. Ian Van Der Waag & Dr Tony Garcia
Professor Ian Van Der Waag, Professor and Head of Department of Military History at Stellenbosch University, and Dr Tony Garcia, an independent scholar talk about their research into life and career of Louis Botha, Boer military commander and South African Prime Minister before and during the Great War. …
Ep. 171 – The 58th (London) Division – David Martin
Author David Martin talks about his recent book on the 58th Division (London) during the First World War. This is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 172 – Sevenoaks in the Great War – Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball talks about his research into the community of Sevenoaks during First World War in his book 'Sevenoaks. The Great War and its Legacy'.
Ep. 173 – The Chemists’ War 1914-18 – Dr Michael Freemantle
Dr Michael Freemantle, a freelance science writer, talks about his book The Chemists’ War 1914-1918 that looks at the role of chemists and chemistry during the Great War.
Ep. 174 – Ypres and its meaning through time – Prof Mark Connelly & Dr Stefan Goebel
Professor Mark Connelly, Professor of Modern British History, University of Kent and Dr Stefan Goebel, Reader and Director of the Centre for the History of War, Media and Society, University of Kent, talk about their recent book on Ypres. This is published by OUP. Your brows…
Ep. 175 – Australian POWs during the First World War – Dr Aaron Pegram
Dr Aaron Pegram, Senior Historian at the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial, talks about his recent book on Australian POWs on the Western Front during the First World War. This book is published by CUP.
Ep. 176 – 1 million rounds from a Vickers’ gun in 12 hours: myth or truth? Dr Rich Willis & Richard Fisher
Dr Rich Willis and Richard Fisher, Founder and Director of the Vickers Machine Gun Research Association, talk about their research into the legend that ten guns of the 100th Machine Gun Company in August 1916 fired off 1,000,000 rounds in a twelve-hour period throughout fighting at High Wood during the Battle of the Somme. …
Ep. 178 – Irish Recruitment in World War One – Dr Tim Bowman, Dr Michael Wheatley & Dr William Butler
Dr Timothy Bowman, a Reader in modern British military history, University of Kent, Dr William Butler, the Head of Military Records, The National Archives, UK and Dr Michael Wheatley, an independent researcher who writes on early twentieth century Irish politics, talk about their latest book, The Disparity of Sacrifice. This book examines the mi…
Ep. 179 – German POWs on Cannock Chase – Richard Pursehouse
Richard Pursehouse talks about on his recent book on German POWs held at Brocton Camp on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, during the Great War. This book is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 180 – 9th Royal Scots in the First World War – Neill Gilhooley
Author Neill Gilhooley talks about his recent book on the service of the 9th Battalion, Royal Scots, during the Great War. This book is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 181 – The Nivelle Offensive of 1917 – Dr David Murphy
Author Dr David Murphy, a lecturer in military history and strategic studies at Maynooth University in Ireland, talks about his recent book, Breaking Point of the French Army, which looks at the failed Nivelle Offensive of 1917. This book is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 182 – Indian Empire at War – George Morton Jack
Historian George Morton Jack talks about his recent book on India and the Great War, entitled The Indian Empire at War: The Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War. This is published by Abacus in a new, updated paperback edition (2020)
Ep. 183 – The Unknown Story of the Unknown Warrior – David Scott
Mark Scott talks about his new book, Among the Kings, that gives a new story on the Unknown Warrior. This is published Blacstaff.
Ep. 184 – Irish Servicewomen during the First World War – Dr Barbara Walsh
Historian Dr Barbara Walsh about her recent book on Irish servicewomen during the Great War. This is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 185 – Anzacs on the Western Front – Dr Meleah Hampton
Historian and author Dr Meleah Hampton, a historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial, talks about her research into the Anzacs on the Western Front.
Ep. 186 – Folkestone Harbour in the First World War – Peter Anderson
Peter Anderson talks about the role of Folkestone Harbour during the Great War.
Ep. 187 – The Police during the First World War – Dr Mary Fraser
Social historian Dr Mary Fraser, talks about her research into police and policing in Britain during the First World War.
Ep. 188 – Military Identities of British conscripts – Joshua Bilton
Doctoral candidate Joshua Bilton talks about his research into the military identities of British soldier conscripts during the Great War. Joshua is a student at King’s College London.
Ep. 189 - The Rehabilitation and Treatment of Limbless Veterans - Louise Bell
Louise Bell is an independent researcher specialising in the history of prosthetics, with particular focus on the First World War. In this Mentioned in Dispatches podcast she talks to Dr Tom Thorpe about her research into the rehabilitation and treatment of limbless service personnel after the Great War. …
Ep. 190 - Sir John Monash – Dr Aaron Pegram
Dr Aaron Pegram of the Australian War Memorial, developed his interest in the First World War initially through family history. A Senior Historian at the Australian War Memorial, in this, his second talk for Mentioned in Dispatches, Aaron talks about Sir John Monash. Your…
Ep.192 – ‘The Fighting Irish’ – The US 69th Infantry Regiment in WW1- Stephen L. Harris
A student at Trinity College, Burlington, Vermont. Stephen L. Harris started his career as a journalist and freelance writer on his hometown newspaper, The Wilton Bulletin. He then moved into corporate communications and for 12 years, Stephen edited GE’s award-winning, company-wide magazine, Monogram. This had a circulation of more than 330,000.…
Ep.193 - Belgian Refugees in Glasgow during the Great War - Kieran Taylor
PhD candidate Kieran Taylor, studying at the University of Stirling, talks about his research into Belgian refugees in Glasgow during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Kieran Taylor attended the University of…
Ep. 194 - Chemical Warfare - Simon Jones
Freelance historian Simon Jones about his research into chemical weapons during the Great War. Protective suits worn by American scientists during the development of new chemical weaponry. (Photo: National Archives and Records Administration) Your browser does not support t…
Ep. 195 - County Kildare - 1912-1923 - Dr Seamus Cullen
Historian Dr Seamus Cullen talks about his recent book Kildare, The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923, that looks at County Kildare through the Home Rule Crisis, the Great War, the War of Irish Independence and the Irish Civil War. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 196 - Men of the AEF's 'Lost Battalion' - Dr Edward Lengel
Historian and writer Professor Edward G Lengel talks about his book Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion that investigates the action in which men from four different infantry battalions of the 77th Division of the American Expeditionary Force, were isolated by German forces during American attack in the Argonne Forest …
Ep. 197 - The 1918 German Revolution - Prof. Robert Gerwarth
Historian Professor Robert Gerwarth, Professor of Modern History at University College Dublin and Director of the Centre for War Studies, talks about his recent book on the German 1918 Revolution. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 198 - Churchill and the Dardanelles - Prof. Chris Bell
Canadian historian Professor Christopher Bell, Professor of History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, talks about his recent book that examines the role Winston Churchill in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 199 - New York’s Silkstocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line - Stephen L. Harris.
American historian and author Stephen L. Harris talks about his book recent book Duty, Honor, Privilege that looks at the New York’s Silk Stocking Regiment and how it ‘broke’ the Hindenburg Line in 1918. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep.200 - Logistics during the Messines - Third Ypres Campaign - Rob Thompson
Historian Rob Thompson talks about how the British army supplied logistics and material for the Messines/Third Ypres Campaign of 1917. Your browser does not support the audio element. Gunners of the Royal Garrison Artillery unloading shell…
Ep. 201 - Jan Smuts - Prof. Ian Van Der Waag and Tony Garcia
Professor Ian Van Der Waag, Professor and Head of Department of Military History at Stellenbosch University, and Dr Tony Garcia, Research Fellow History at Stellenbosch University, talk about their research into the life and career of South African statesman, soldier and politician Jan Smuts, before and during the Great War. …
Ep.202 - General Sir Cecil Pereira - Dr Spencer Jones
Dr Spencer Jones, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, talks about the wartime letters of General Edward Pereira which he recently edited with Michael Locicero and Edward Pereria. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 203 - The Russian Army in the First World War - Prof. Roger Reese
Professor Roger Reese, Professor of History at Texas A&M University in the USA talks about his research into the Russian Army before and during the Great War.
Ep. 204 - The Endell Street Hospital - Wendy Moore
Historian Wendy Moore about her recent book Endell Street on the hospital of that name established and run in Covent Garden, London, by pioneering doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 205 - The Harlem Hellfighters in World War One - Steven L. Harris
American historian and author Stephen L. Harris talks about his book Harlem’s Hell Fighters which examines the service of the American 369th Infantry Regiment in the Great War. This book is published by Potomac Books.
Ep. 206 - The Northern Irish Horse - Phillip Tardif
Historian Phillip Tardif talks about his recent book on the North Irish Horse during the Great War. This is published by Pen & Sword.
Ep. 207 - The General Staff - Dr Paul Harris
Historian Dr Paul Harris about his work on the British General Staff during the Great War.
EP. 207a - CWGC War Graves Week 2021 - Simon Bendry
Extra edition: Simon Bendry of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission talks about the Commission’s War Graves Week that takes place between 21-28 May 2021.
Ep. 208 - Kitchener. Man not Myth - Dr Anne Samson
Dr Anne Samson talks about her recent book on Field Marshal Lord Kitchener. This is published by Helion.
Ep. 209 - Irish Women during the Great War - Dr Fionnuala Walsh
Dr Fionnuala Walsh, lecturer in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, talks about her recent book Irish women during the Great War. This is published by CUP.
Ep. 210 - Major General Oliver Nugent - Nicholas Perry
Historian Nick Perry about talks about his recent book on the life and Great War career of Major General Oliver Nugent. This book is published by the Ulster History Forum.
Ep. 211 - Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson – Dr John Spencer
Dr John Spencer talks about his recent work on the influence and career of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson during the Great War. This book is published by Helion and Co.
Ep. 212 - Lt Col John Sherwood Kelly VC - Philip Bujak
Author Philip Bujak talks about his latest book on John Sherwood Kelly DSO VC and his career and action-filled life during and after the First World War. This book is published by Pen & Sword. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 213 - General Sir Herbert Lawrence - Dr Paul Harris
Historian Dr Paul Harris about his recent book on the life and career of General Sir Herbert Lawrence. This book is published by Helion and Co.
Ep. 214 - The Anglo-Jewish Experience of the Great War - Dr Edward Madigan
Historian Dr Edward Madigan, Senior Lecturer in Public History, Royal Holloway, University of London, talks about his research into the experience of British Jewish communities during the First World War.
Ep. 215 - The Assam Rifles in the First World War – Pratap Chhetri
Historian Pratap Chettri who can also be heard in a recording of a webinar, talks here about his research into the Assam Rifles in the First World War.
Ep. 216 - Equipment and Clothes of the RFC – Mark Hillier
Author and pilot Mark Hillier about talks his latest book on the equipment and clothes of the RFC in the First World War. This book is published by Pen and Sword.
Ep. 217 - The Great War in the Argonne Forest- Richard Merry
Author Richard Merry talks about his latest book on the Great War in the Argonne Forest.
Ep. 218 - Hertfordshire residents and soldiers during the Great War - Dan Hill and Paul Johnson
Historian Dan Hill and Paul Johnson talk about their book that looks at the stories and experience of Hertfordshire residents and soldiers during the Great War.
Ep.219 – The Wartime Career of Prison Reformer Alexander Paterson – Harry Potter
The Wartime Career of Prison Reformer Sir Alexander Paterson M.C. Your browser does not support the audio element. For a brief biography > Sir Alexander Paterson The barrister/priest/author/broadcaster/after dinner speaker, Harry Potte…
Ep.220 – Recruiting and training the RFC – David Spruce
Doctoral candidate David Spruce talks to me about his research into Recruiting and Training the Royal Flying Corps during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. David Spruce looks at the recruitment and training me…
Ep. 221 – The Battle of Verdun 1917 – Christina Holstein
Historian and author Christina Holstein about her research into the 1916 Battle of Verdun during the Great War.
Ep. 221a – The Schlieffen Plan : 1914 March to the Marne in 1914 - Part 1 – Ross Beadle
Episode 1 : Research into the ten critical decisions of the French, German and British commanders that shaped the failure of German Schlieffen plan in 1914.
Ep. 221b – The Schlieffen Plan : 1914 March to the Marne - Part 2 – Ross Beadle
Episode 2 : Research into the ten critical decisions of the French, German and British commanders that shaped the failure of German Schlieffen plan in 1914.
Ep. 223a – Artist John Nash during the Great War – Andy Friend
Author Andy Friend about his biography of British artist John Nash and his military service and painting during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. The exhibition then moves to Compton Verney, Warwickshire from…
Ep. 223 - British Pacifist Women of the First World War - Jaime Jiménez Fernández
Jaime Jiménez Fernández talks about his research into British pacifist women during the Great War. Jaime is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Seville.
Ep. 224 – The Use of Britannia’s image during the Great War – Giles Penman
Giles Penman talks about his research into the use of Britannia’s image during the Great War. He is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Warwick.
Ep. 225 - The Battle of Verdun 1917 and the battlefield today - Christina Holstein
Historian and author Christina Holstein about her research into the 1917 Battle of Verdun and the battlefield today.
Ep. 226 - German Jews during the First World War – Prof. Tim Grady
Professor Tim Grady, Professor of History at the University of Chester, talks about his research into German Jews and their response to the Great War.
Ep.227 – Surgery during the Great War - Dr Thomas Scotland
Dr Thomas Scotland talks to Tom Thorpe about surgery during the First World War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Your browser does not support the audio …
Ep. 228 - Royal Marines on the Western Front - Daniel Mclean
Dan Mclean, a history teacher and theologian, who previously served in the Royal Navy, talks about his latest book on the Royal Marines on the Western Front during the First World War.
Ep.229- Jan Smuts and the German East African Campaign – David Katz
Doctoral candidate David Katz, studying at Stellenbosch University, talks about his PhD research into Jan Smuts and his conduct of operations in German East Africa during the Great War. This will be released as a book in 2022. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep.230 – 'Staking the coffins' – the 1918 flu Epidemic in Ireland – Dr Ida Milne
Dr Ida Milne, Lecturer in European History at Carlow College, Ireland, talks about her recent book, 'Stacking the Coffins', that looks at the impact of 1918 Spanish Flu in Ireland at the end of the Great War and early 1920s. Her book is published by Manchester University Press.
Ep.231- Yugoslavia in the British imagination during the First World War – Dr Samuel Foster
Dr Samuel Foster, Visiting Fellow in the School of History, University of East Anglia, talks about his new book 'Yugoslavia in the British Imagination: Peace, War and Peasants before Tito' from Bloomsbury. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep.232 - The CWGC Non-Commemoration Report on Inequalities of Commemoration – Dr George Hay
Dr George Hay, the Official Historian at Commonwealth War Graves Commission, talks about the recent Commission report on the inequalities in the way the organisation commemorated the dead of the British Empire from the Great War.
Ep.233 – Moonlight Massacre at 3rd Ypres – Dr Michael LoCicero
Dr Michael LoCicero, an independent scholar and the Commissioning Editor at Helion & Co., talks about his recent book, A Midnight Massacre, that explores the final operation at Third Ypres, in December 1917. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep.234 – Czech Soldiers in the First World War – Dr Jiri Hutečka
Dr Jiří Hutečka, Associate Professor at the University of Hradec Králové, talks about his recent book Motivation, Morale, and Masculinity among Czech Soldiers in the Great War, 1914–1918which is published by Berghahn Books. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep. 235 – Teachers During the Great War – Dr Barry Blades
Independent writer and researcher Dr Barry Blades talks to me about his books looking at schools, teachers and the Great War.
These are ‘Roll of Honour’ (2015) and ‘Teachers at the Front’ (2021) and both published by Pen & Sword Books.
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Ep. 236 – The 47th Division at High Wood, 1916 – Richard Hendry
Independent scholar Richard Hendry talks about his research into the 47th Division at High Wood during the Battle of the Somme in Sept 1916.
Ep.237 – Missing But Not Forgotten: Men of the Thiepval Memorial – Pam & Ken Linge
Ken Linge talks about the work he and his wife Pam have done on researching the stories of the ‘missing’ on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. It is located near the French village of Thiepval and is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of between 1915 and 1918, with no known gr…
Ep.238 – China and the Great War – Frances Wood
Author Frances Wood talks about her recent book, Betrayed Ally, China in the Great War, that she wrote jointly with Christopher Ardnander.
Frances tells how in 1912 the Qing Dynasty had end…
Ep.239 – Roscommon During the Great War and After - Dr John Burke
Historian and author Dr John Burke talks about the history of Roscommon in the 1912–23 during the Irish revolutionary period which covers the Great War, Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep.240 – Stretcher Bearers on the Western Front - Dr Emily Mayhew
Military medical historian Dr Emily Mayhew talks about the role of stretcher bearers during the Great War 1914-1918 on the Western Front. Stretcher bearers played a major role in extracting and saving wounded men from the battlefield. Emily talks about who they were, what they did and what difference they made. …
Ep.242 – Sex, Violence and Alcohol: some after-effects of the Great War - Frances Hurd
In this podcast from Tom Thorpe, Historian Frances Hurd talks about her research into how the traumatic impact of the First World War affected former veterans and their families. Frances quotes the author Hugh McManners (a Falklands veteran) who said that ‘war is the most traumatic life event that any human can experience, a damaging combination…
Ep.243 – Discipline in the AIF in WW1 – Prof Peter Stanley
Prof. Peter Stanley talks about the discipline and dissent in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. This interview is based on Peter’s 2011 book, ‘Bad Characters’, that exa…
Ep. 244 – A Legacy of the First World War: Hindenburg, Ludendorff and Hitler – Alex Clifford
Historian and author Alex Clifford talks about his recent book on Hindenburg and Ludendorff and how their Great War experience assisted in the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. He explores two of twentieth-century history’s most significant figures who have been largely forgotten – Paul von Hindenburg and Erich Ludendorff, Germany’s First World War…
Ep.245 – Brian Feeney – Antrim and the Irish Revolution, 1912 – 23
Journalist and historian, Dr Brian Feeney talks about his recent book exploring the impact of the First World War and Irish War of Independence on the County of Antrim in Ulster. Your browser does not support the audio element. Antrim in the…
Ep.246 – Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology and the Great War – Andy Robertshaw
Archaeologist, historian and author Andy Robertshaw talks about his work with the Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology (CEMA) at the Kent Event Centre in Detling. CEMA is the home of pan-historical experimentation concerning methods of military attack and defence, and of soldiers’ day-to-day lives, from the Roman period to the Second World …
Ep.248 – 2nd line Territorial Force Divisions in the First World War – Dr Bill Mitchinson
Author and historian Dr Bill Mitchinson talks about his latest book ‘Of No Earthly Use’ that explores the role, contribution and effectiveness of 2nd line Territorial Force divisions on the Western Front during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep.249 – The Illustrated Chronicle during the First World War – Peter Welsh
Historian Peter Welsh talks about his research into the daily Northumbrian newspaper, the Illustrated Chronicle, and the coverage before, during and after the Great War.
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Ep.250.pt2 – The Western Front – Prof Nick Lloyd
Dr Nick Lloyd, Professor of Modern Warfare at King’s College London, talks about his recent book The Western Front. Your browser does not support the audio element. He considers the impact of the learning process/curve, why the Allies won…
Ep.250. p1 – Sir Henry Rawlinson – Prof. Robin Prior
Historian and author Professor Robin Prior, visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, talks about the Great War career of British general Sir Henry Rawlinson who served in the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. Your browser does not support the aud…
Ep.251 – Debating America’s response to the Great War – Dr Neil Lanctot
Historian Dr Neil Lanctot talks about his recent book The Approaching Storm which explores the domestic debates and discussions that informed America’s response to the outbreak of the Great War and its eventual declaration of war in April 1917. The Approaching Storm explores the perspectives of three prominent US newsmakers: President Woodrow Wi…
Ep.252 – Frank Prewett and the Great War – Prof Joy Porter
Historian and author Professor Joy Porter, Professor of Indigenous & Environmental History and Leverhulme Major Research Fellow at the University of Hull, talks about her recent book looking at the life of Canadian war poet Frank Prewett. Your browser does not support the …
Ep.253 – The Kaiser during the Great War – Prof Matt Fitzpatrick
Historian Professor Matt Fitzpatrick, Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University in Australia, talks about his research into the role of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio ele…
Ep.257 – Visiting the WW1 Battlefields in France and Belgium – Tom Strickland
Tom Strickland, author, teacher and historian, talks about his recent book Following in the Footsteps of Heroes which is a new guide to the battlefield sites of France and Belgium. Your browser does not support the audio element. Tom talks a…
Ep.258 – Dissent and indiscipline in the Indian Army during WW1 – Dr Adam Prime
Dr Adam Prime talks about his research into dissent and indiscipline in the Indian Army during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Adam outlines the number of incidents of dissent, ill-discipline and mutiny by I…
Ep.259 – The Boy Scouts during the War – Dr Craig Armstrong
Historian Craig Armstrong talks about his recent book The Boy Scouts in the Great War that looks at the movement during the First World War. Your browser does not support the audio element. The Boy Scouts Association was just seven years ol…
Ep.260 – Subterranean operations in the First World War – Dr Matt Leonard
Historian and modern conflict archaeologist Dr Matt Leonard talks about subterranean operations in the First World War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Matt discusses how the extent, scope and nature of below ground activit…
Ep.261a – In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War – Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy
In this special podcast, Dr Tom Thorpe talks to historian and photographer Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy about the launch of his book In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. The two-volume bo…
Ep. 265 – The Indian Army in the First World War – Dr Andrew Jarboe
Historian and teacher Dr Andrew T. Jarboe talks about his recent book Indian Soldiers in World War I: Race and Representation in an Imperial War, published by University of Nebraska Press in 2021. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep.268 – Richard Aldington and the Great War – Dr Viv Whelpton
Dr Viv Whelpton talks about the life and service of Great War poet Richard Aldington. Aldington (1892-1962) was an English writer and poet who is best known for a semi-autobiographical novel the Death of Hero published in 1929. Your browser does not support the audio element. …
Ep.271 – Children and childhood in WW1 – Dr Viv Newman
Author and historian Dr Viv Newman about her research into children and childhood during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. She explores how the war affect children across Europe, how some children became combata…
Ep.272 - The Political and Social History of Ireland in the First World War - Dr Niamh Gallagher and Prof Richard Grayson
Dr Niamh Gallagher, University Associate Professor in Modern British and Irish History at the Faculty of History, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge and Professor Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History, Head of History at Goldsmiths, University of London discuss Niamh’s recent book Ireland and the Great War. …
Ep. 273 – The German Army in October 1918 – Katherine Quinlan-Flatter
Historian and journalist Katherine Quinlan-Flatter talks about the German Army during the weeks of October 1918 before the Armistice in November. Your browser does not support the audio element. Katherine explains how in September 1918 it is…
Ep. 278 – Hanham – Andrew Wood
Andrew Wood talks about his recent novel Hanham. It is based on the true story of three brothers who fought in the First World war and their family. Inspired by the purchase of a tobacco tin at auction, it tells the story of three brothers and their struggle to survive the turmoil of war and horror of the trenches. At home their eldest sister Kathl…
Ep. 281 – Cricket during the Great War – John Broom
Historian John Broom talks about his latest book that looks at cricket during the Great War.
John discusses how the game at professional and amateur levels adapted to the conditions of war an…
Ep. 282 – Drill, training, and discipline in WW1 – Harry Sanderson
PhD candidate Harry Sanderson talks about his doctoral research into the role and impact of drill on the training of soldiers. Harry contends that close order drill given to soldiers during basic training had a positive impact on their discipline in the trenches. Your browser…
Ep. 283 – Frank Brangwyn’s Great War Art – Libby Horner
Art historian, curator, film producer and lecturer Libby Horner talks about her research into artist Frank Brangwyn and the Great War. Brangwyn (1867-1956) was born in Wales and became a well-known artist, painter, watercolourist, printmaker, illustrator, and designer. Libby talks about Brangwyn’s art during the Great War and the impact that it h…
Ep.285 – Sir Douglas Haig – Prof. John Bourne
Professor John Bourne talks about the role, impact and reputation of the British Expeditionary Force Commander in Chief, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. Your browser does not support the audio element. Bourne challenges the commonly held id…
Ep.286 – Cathal Burgha – Dr Daithí Ó Corráin and Dr Gerard Hanley
Dr Daithí Ó Corráin and Dr Gerard Hanley talk about their recent book on Irish revolutionary and republican leader Cathal Brugha. Your browser does not support the audio element. Cathal Burgha, An Indomitable Spirit explores his life as a me…