Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott)

  • Serving members of the Western Front Association
  • Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements

Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address.

  • Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’.
  • And more ... 

The Loving Care of the CWGC (Richard Dunning)

The Visit to Flanders 9th - 13th November 1980 by John Giles

Chairman's Letter (John Giles)

  • Welcoming the first issue of Stand To!
  • A Telegram sent to Buckingham Palace congratulating to His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Lady Dian on their engagement
  • The WFA neck tie

Secretary’s Notes (Margery Giles)

  • As of 6th March 1981: Membership 430
  • From an Observation Post: 1 by Laurie A. Upton

The folly of removing any potentially dangerous explosive items ...

  • The 19 mines on the Messines Ridge, June 1917 - mine number 20 detonated by lightning in July 1955
  • The explosive compounds are still very active

Garrison Library (First World War books reviewed by ‘Obturator’)

In writing this and future columns it is my object to provide members with a conspectus of new and forthcoming books relating directly or indirectly to the war on the Western Front. In addition I will draw attention to older books, many no longer in print, that would be of interest to readers and collectors of the history and literature of the Great War in the formation of their libraries.

  • Trench Warfare 1914-1918. The Live and Let Live System by Tony Ashworth
  • Death's Men: Soldiers of the Great War by Denis Winter
  • Imperial German Army Handbook 1914-1918 by Ian Allan
  • The Army and Society 1815-1914 by Edward M Spiers
  • British Military Policy between the Two World Wars by Brian Bond
  • The Soldiers' Strikes of 1919 by Andrew Rothstein
  • Lloyd George's Secretariat by John Turner
  • The Smoke and the Fire by John Terraine (President, The Western Front Association)
  • The Roses of No Man's Land by Lyn Macdonald

Intelligence Summary

  • Future Meetings
  • Forgotten Memorials
  • Malcolm Brown, BBC documentary film producer ‘The Battle of the Somme’ (1976) and later compiled Tommy Goes to War (1978)
  • Poetry
  • Tours
  • Restoration of Souvenirs

Time out of War. Monty Ramplee, 2/4th Royal Berks (Veteran reminiscence)

  • Recalling a chance encounter in the dark with an old school chum

Information Please

  • Battle of Arras, 1917
  • Wilfred Owen


‘Obturator’ is the pseudonym chosen by one of our members for his contributions to Stand To! He would be very interested to hear of any local publications that might otherwise escape the attention of the majority of members. He is also willing to answer bibliographical questions.

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