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004: Spring 1982


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The Liverpool Scottish at Bellewaarde


This article is intended to briefly tell the story of one not particularly well known action that took place on 16 June 1915. The starting point in the story is this photograph.   Taken near Hooge, a photo of the first attack on Bellewaarde Farm by the Liverpool Scottish, 6 am, 16 June 1915. Photo by Private F.A. Fyfe, 'Z' Company, 1/10th King's …

Cancelled : Artillery


Please note - in view of current concerns re coronavirus/Covid-19, the April meeting has been cancelled. Reference should be made to the main WFA website for a general announcement re branch meetings. The May 2020 meeting is also cancelled but we hope to resume in September 2020 after our usual summer break. The meeting would have been: For our A…

'The Biggest Guns' by Roger Perry


Roger Perry will be giving a talk on different types of "big guns". The Great War was a gunner's war and only the big guns could deliver the massive firepower to overcome robust entrenchments and strike deep into the enemy's rear areas. This talk covers the heavy guns, including the railway guns, used on the Western and Italian Fronts and discusses…

Iris Hotblack and Alan ‘Balmy’ Morton : love letters from the Front


At the outbreak of war in 1914, 20 year old Miss Iris Mary Hotblack was at home with her family. They lived in a large, Edwardian, detached, seven room house called The Boltons, on King Henry’s Road, Lewes in Sussex. Iris had been sent away to school in Cheltenham so was used to living away from home and writing letters to stay in touch. She wro…

ONLINE EVENT - Cambrai, there was more to it than tanks by Ross Beadle


ONLINE Zoom Meeting - Cambrai, there was more to it than tanks by Ross Beadle The battle lasted 13 days, but the tanks, which made the battle famous, had little role to play after 2pm on the first day. How did Byng's grand plan for encircling the Germans go wrong? He used new artillery silent registration methods, tanks in a mass formation for the…

ONLINE: 'The Royal Artillery's Blackest Day' by Dr Spencer Jones


Caption: German heavy artillery (courtesy: IWM) About the talk: The first great blow of the German Spring Offensive hit Fifth Army on 21 March 1918. It plunged the Royal Artillery into its costliest day of the entire First World War. Despite tireless planning and preparation, the gunners found themselves in a bitter fight that would test their met…