Historian Dr Frances Hurd talks about her research into officers who fall foul of the law in the 1920s. She examines three officers who found themselves in the courts after the war. Charles Reid Wodehouse appeared in court on various charges, including passing dud cheques, impersonation, staying in fashionable hotels and restaurants under a false […]
Book Review – Erwin Bartmann, Für Volk and Führer: The Memoir of a Veteran of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, (Solihull, UK: Helion & Co., 2013)
Erwin Bartman’s 2013 autobiography covers his early life growing up in 1930s Nazi Germany and his subsequent service in the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LAH) during the Second World War. He joined the LAH in May 1941 and fought with the unit in the Soviet Union and France until he was […]
In this special podcast, I talk to historian and photographer Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy about the launch of his book In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War. The two-volume book chronicles and explains the historical events of the Great War through photos taken by the author one hundred years later, between 2014 and 2021, in each and every theatre […]
History teacher Gareth Williams and librarian Donna Saxby from Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire, talk about how they teach the Great War to their pupils. They outline how they encourage pupils to research former pupils from the school who served in the Great War using primary documents. They also have a regular programme of battlefield […]
Historian and modern conflict archaeologist Dr Matt Leonard talks about subterranean operations in WW1. Matt discusses how the extent, scope and nature of below ground activities, their purpose and tactical and strategic impact. He is a member of the Durand Group and he continues to conduct regular archaeological and anthropological research in France and Belgium, […]
Pawn of War is Rudi Stiebritz’s account of his service in the Wehrmacht serving on the Eastern Front in the Second World War and his captivity as a Soviet POW in the four years after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Stiebritz serviced predominantly with the 125th Infantry Division where he was a pioneer in the […]
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. The Boy Scouts Association was just seven years old when war broke out in 1914. With its members brought up with a strong ethos of duty and loyalty, it was […]
Book Review – Bruce Cherry, They Didn’t Want to Die Virgins: Sex and Morale in the British Army on the Western Front 1914-18 (Solihull: Helion, 2016)
Bruce Cherry’s book seeks to ‘reappraise the sex life’ of the British soldier serving on the Western Front during the Great War. The motivation for his investigation is that ‘respected historians…have denied or underplayed the amount of sexual activity’ that soldiers had and this has led to a ‘historical and subliminal cover up’ of […]
Dr Adam Prime talks about his research into dissent and indiscipline in the Indian Army during the Great War. Adam outlines the number of incidents of dissent, ill-discipline and mutiny by Indian Army units, the reasons for this discontent and the actions taken by the military authorities to manage the problem. Adam is an independent […]
BOOK REVIEW – J. Baynes, Morale, a Study of Men and Courage, (Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 1967 [Reprint 1987])
John Baynes’ book Morale explores the motivation and morale of officers and other ranks serving in the 2nd Scottish Rifles (Cameronians) during their involvement in the Battle of Nerve Chappelle in March 1915. At the end of the battle, on the night of 14-15 March, the unit was commanded by 2nd Lieutenant Somervail and one […]
Author, teacher and historian Tom Strickland talks about his recent book, Following in the Footsteps of Heroes, which is a new guide to the battlefield sites of France and Belgium. Tom talks about the book, its target audience and some of the sites he covers. This book is published by Sabrestorm Publishing. Tom is a […]
Denis Winter’s Death’s Men is a classic of the new type of ‘bottom up’ history the emerged in the late 1970s. This new genre aimed to explore the Great War from the perspective of the average combatant and a series of books were published that aimed to do this notably, Martin Middlebrook’s First Day on […]
Jos Hoebe, talks about the new Great War computer game Isonzo, that he helped develop with Netherlands game developers Game Drive. Isonzo is the third Great War game he has worked on, the other two being Tannenberg and Verdun. Isonzo is a first person shooter game set on the Italian Front as Italy clashes with […]
Black Edelweiss is Johann Voss’ account of his service in the 6th SS Mountain Division during the Second World War. In early 1943, aged 17, he joined the 11th SS Mountain Regiment as a machine gunner and saw action in Soviet Karelia, Finland and the Vosges in France before being captured by US forces in […]
Dr Alexander Jackson talks about his recent book Football’s Great War, Association Football on the English Home Front. Alex talks about the so-called ‘anti-football debate’ that took place in 1914/5 and how amateur and professional players, clubs and the Football Association responded to this debate. He also talks about how football clubs, local amateur leagues […]
Book Review – Paul Martelli, On the Devil’s Tail: In Combat With the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1945, and With the French in Indochina 1951–54 (Solihull: Helion & Co, 2015)
On the Devil’s Tail is the memoir of Paul Martelli and covers a decade of his life and military service fighting in the Waffen SS at the end of the Second World War and as a corporal with French forces in Indochina fighting Vietnamese insurgents. Martelli’s account suggests that he was born in May 1929 […]
Historical researcher Giles Penman, studying at the University of Warwick, talks about his research into the use of Roman and Ancient Greek imagery on the 1919 Peace Day mugs and medals. To celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, that ended the Great War, a Peace Day was held in the UK […]
The Diary of a German Soldier is the journal of Wilhelm Pruller kept during his service in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. He served with the 10th and 11th Rifle Regiments, both formations part of the 9th Panzer Division. Pruller served in both an infantry company and as part of the regimental staff […]
The Mentioned in Dispatches podcast that I host and produce for the Western Front Association has finally reached over 500k downloads! The shaky journey to this milestone is set out in monthly downloads below. I never thought that it would achieve this figure when I set it up in February 2017. Since then, I broadcast […]
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. Wilhelm II was c controversial figure and Matt discusses his life, his political and military role during the Great war […]
In this book, Peter Stanley outlines the military ‘crime’ that members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) committed as part of their war service in the Middle East, Britain and Flanders during the Great War. He wrote it because ‘hundreds of books have been written about the ‘good’ – the most distinguished battalions, the best […]
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. Prewett is a relatively unknown poet, he served on the Western Front ans suffered from shellshock. While recovering […]
Book Review – Dale Blair, Dinkum Diggers. An Australian Battalion at War (Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 2001)
Dale Blair’s book compares the historical construction of the ‘digger’, the fabled Australian volunteer soldier who fought during the Great War, against the actual experience of ordinary Australian infantryman who fought with the 1st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF) at Gallipoli and Flanders. The ‘digger’ ideal emerged during the Great War. One description was cited […]
Historian Dr Neil Lanctot talks about his recent book, The Approaching Storm, that 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 book explores the perspectives of three prominent US newsmakers – President Woodrow Wilson, former President […]
Bruno Manz served as a NCO in the Luftwaffe and an unnamed mountain infantry battalion in Finland and Norway during the Second World War where he fought the Red Army and latterly, the Finnish Army. A Mind in Prison is his memoir of his childhood, military service and post-war life before he emigrated to the […]
Historian and author Professor Robin Prior, talks about the Great War career of British general Sir Henry Rawlinson who served in the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. Rawlinson held a number of command roles including commander of IV Corps, 4th Army and 5th Army. He planned a number of operations including Nerve Chapelle […]
Historian and author Professor Nick Lloyd, Professor of Modern Warfare at King’s College London, talks about his recent book The Western Front. He considers the impact of the learning process/curve, why the Allies won, the importance of the allied blockade of German trade and the contribution of the Americans in 1917/8. His book is published […]
BOOK REVIEW – James E. Kitchen, The British Imperial Army in the Middle East: Morale and Military Identity in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, 1916-18 (London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2014)
This book was one I had wanted to read properly for a long time; Christmas 2021 seemed the best time to read it. My maternal grandfather served in the Palestine Campaign in 1917-1918 as an officer in the Royal Garrison Artillery. I had hoped Kitchen’s book would give me some insight my grandfather’s experience but […]
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. This paper ran from 1910 to 1925 and Peter has compiled a database of all 29,402 images of soldiers that appeared in the publication. He discusses the role of the […]
Book Review – James Roberts, Killer Butterflies – Combat, Psychology and Morale in the British 19th (Western) Division 1915–18 (Solihull: Helion, 2017)
The premise of James Robert’s book is fascinating and intriguing. His study has two objectives. Firstly, to examine what British infantrymen did during battle in the Great War, especially in relation to fighting and killing the enemy. Secondly, to gauge the morale of the soldiers during major battles of the conflict. The 19th (Western) Infantry […]
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. Raised late in the war and deployed from 1917, Bill talks about the role, effectiveness and legacy of these […]
Marching from Defeat: Surviving the Collapse of the German Army in the Soviet Union, 1944 is the personal narrative of German Army artillery Lieutenant Claus Neuber and his journey back to German lines after being trapped behind the Soviet positions. Neuber served in the 1st Battalion of the 18th Artillery Regiment that was part of […]
Historian Dr Gavin Rand, Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich talks about the recent discovery and digitisation of 320k records of troops from the Punjab who fought for the British Empire during the Great War. These files were found in the depths of the Lahore Museum in Pakistan have been digitised http://punjabww1.com/ In this interview, […]
Lost Honour, Betrayed Loyalty is the memoir of Herbert Maeger who fought with German forces during the Second World War. He initially joined the 1st SS Panzer Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler” (LAH) in September 1941, forced to enlist to prevent action being taken against his mother who had made a derogatory remark about Hitler. […]
Dr Linsey Robb, Associate Professor in Modern British History at the University of Northumbria, talks about the motivation of the British civilian worker in WW2.You can listen here https://bit.ly/3KViBbxDuring the Second World War, The British government mobilised civilians more effectively than any other combatant nation. By 1944, a third of the civilian population were engaged in […]
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 War. Andy outlines […]
Condemned to Live is the memoir of Franz Frisch during his service in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. He served as a private in two artillery regiments, the 109th and 557th, and saw action in Poland, France, the Soviet Union, Sicily and Italy. Frisch was born in Vienna in 1919 and conscripted into […]
Recent doctoral graduate Dr Drew Ryder talks about the motivation and morale of the British Army combatant fighting in in Korea, 1950-53. You can listen here https://bit.ly/3hSTdXi In 1950, communist North Korea attacked its southern neighbour sparking a three year war that lasted until 1953 when an armistice was declared. Britain committed troops as part of […]
Journalist and historian, Dr Brian Feeney talks about his recent book exploring the impact of the Great War and Irish War of Independence on the County of Antrim in Ulster. Antrim in the early 20th century contained most of Belfast – the largest city in Ireland – which dominated the economy of the north-east. Belfast […]
This book is the memoir of Solomon Perel’s adventures during the Second World War. It is a well-known story and was told in the film of the same name released in 1990. Perel was born into a Jewish family living in Peine, near Brunswick, in northern Germany in 1925. In 1935, his parents […]
Swedish heavy metal front man for the band Sabaton Joakim Brodén talks about their 10th album that takes inspiration from the Great War. A War to End All Wars is the second album to use the First World War as its theme. Their first album was The Great War and the podcast interviewed bass player […]
Historian, lawyer and author Andrea Hetherington talks about her recent book on British Army deserters on the British home front during WW1. You can listen here (https://bit.ly/3HEHl5u)During that war, more than 80,000 cases of desertion were tried at a court martial on the home front. Andrea talks about the many motivations for absence or desertion […]
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 leaders, […]
Book Review – Thomas Kühne, The Rise and Fall of Comradeship: Hitler’s Soldiers, Male Bonding and Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge, UK: CUP, 2017)
Thomas Kühne’s book examines the practice, meaning, definition and idea of comradeship amongst German soldiers fighting in the Second World War. He defines comradeship as the ‘relationship people who cooperate, work, and live together not by choice but by coercion, accident or fate’. This is different from friendship that is rooted in the ‘self’ and […]
On my other website the above is out! Historian and author Dr George Lepre talks about the ‘fragging’ phenomenon that occurred in US forces during the latter stages of the 1965-72 Vietnam War. You can listen here: https://bit.ly/3vjhJZL ‘Fragging’is the deliberate killing or attempted killing by a soldier of a fellow soldier, usually an officer […]
Prof. Peter Stanley talks about the discipline and dissent in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the Great War. This interview is based on Peter’s 2011 book, ‘Bad Characters’, that examines the nature, extent and scope of ill-discipline, military crime and protest within units of the AIF. The AIF reported rates of desertion, absence without […]
Book Review – Klaus Willmann [Lothar Herrmann], Death March Through Russia (Barnsley, Yorkshire/UK: GreenHill, 2019)
Death March Through Russia is the narrative that author Klaus Willman wrote of former German soldier Lothar Herrmann’s service in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War and subsequent time in captivity as a Soviet POW. Herrmann was born in Breslau, modern-day Wroclaw in Poland, in September 1920 and he trained as a house painter […]
Historian Frances Hurd talks about her research into how the traumatic impact of the Great 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 of danger, uncertainty and horror.’ Her […]
Book Review – Erhard Steiniger, Radio Operator on the Eastern Front (Barnsley, Yorkshire/UK: Greenhill, 2019)
Erhard Steiniger’s account covers his early life as a member of the German community in the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia and his service in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. Steiniger was born in Langugest, Czechoslovakia, into the German-speaking minority known as Sudeten Germans. His father was a farmer and Steiniger, after leaving school […]
Belgian battlefield archaeologist Simon Verdegem talks about his work recovering First World War casualties in Belgium. The former battlefields of Belgium still harbour their mortal remains. It is estimated that around 55,000 British war dead have never been recovered. Every year the remains of Great War soldiers are recovered each year through archaeological digs that […]
Book Review – Gerry Villani [the account of Raymond Lemaire], The Crusade of a Walloon Volunteer, August 8 1941 – May 5 1945 (Self-published: Lulu, 2019)
The Crusade of a Walloon Volunteer, August 8 1941 – May 5 1945 is the memoir of Raymond Lemaire who served as a member of the Walloon Legion fighting for the Germans on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. The book was put together by Canadian historian Gerry Villani from 11 hours of […]
This post is an update on the hits for the Western Front Association’s weekly podcast Mentioned in Dispatches. The podcast is available on a range of Apple and Android platforms through apps such as iTunes, Acast, Castbox. Stitcher and TuneIn. Since February 2017 to end of December 2021, 240 episodes of the podcast […]
Military medical historian Dr Emily Mayhew talks about the role of stretcher bearers during the Great War. Stretcher bearers played a major role in extracting and saving wounded men from the battlefield and Emily talks about who they were, what they did and what difference they made. She works as a Visiting Researcher and historian […]
Walking Away from the Reich is Claus Sellier’s narrative of his time as a soldier in the Wehrmacht fighting partisans and the Red Army in the Balkans from 1944 to 1945. Sellier came from a wealthy Munich family. He was educated at an elite boarding school attended by boys from ‘aristocratic households…there were sons of dukes, […]
The latest edition of ‘Distant Thunder’ is available here. This is the journal of the Irish branches of The Western Front Association. The title comes from the poem ‘To the Fallen Irish Soldiers’ by the Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist, Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany, which is explained in the first edition. The journal’s purpose is to […]
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. Roscommon was an agricultural area which had been solid political territory of the Irish Parliamentary Party. However, during the war, the area […]
Peter Bamm’s memoir is a fascinating account of his time as a Wehrmacht combat surgeon fighting on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. First published in English in 1956, the narrative chronicles Bamm’s experiences caring for wounded soldiers, POWs and civilians from the invasion of Russia in 1941 until he eventually escapes Russian […]
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 ended thousands of years of Imperial autocratic rule. President Yuan Shikai, who seized power in 1914, offered the British 50,000 troops to recover the […]
(This review appeared in the WFA’s Stand To! journal in late 2021.) German Prisoners of the Great War is the first English translation of the 1920 book Kriegsgefangen in Skipton, an edited volume of German officers’ experiences as prisoners of war (POW) during the Great War at Raikeswood Camp (as it was known locally) in […]
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 […]
This book is the diary turned memoir of Gunter Koschorrek who served on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. From October 1942 until August 1944, he served in the 1st Battalion, 21st Panzergrenadier Regiment, 24 Panzer Division, seeing action at Stalingrad, the Nikopol Bridgehead and in Romania. After that, he served with a […]
Independent scholar Richard Hendry talks about his research into the 47th Division at High Wood during the Battle of the Somme in Sept 1916.
Book Review – Andreas Hartinger (ed), Until the Eyes Shut [memoir of Hans Kahr] (Warsaw, Poland: Amazon, 2019)
This book is the recollection of Han Kahr during his service as a machine gunner in the 138th Mountain Regiment, 3rd Mountain Division, between late 1943 to the end of the war. Kahr was born in 1925 in Eastern Styria in Austria into an agricultural community where his father was a peasant farmer. He enlisted […]
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.
Henry Metelmann’s memoir of his service in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War is one of the best accounts I have read. Metelmann served as a driver in the 22nd Panzer Division and saw action in the Crimea, Russia and Ukraine from the winter of 1941/2 until 1944 when he was injured. After that, […]
Dr Jiří Hutečka, Associate Professor at the University of Hradec Králové, talks about his recent book on the motivation and morale of Czech soldiers during the Great War. This book is published by Berghahn Books.
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.
War Diary is Ernst Kern’s memoir of his service in the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1944. He served as an infantryman and medical orderly with the 12 Company, 91st Mountain Regiment, 4th Mountain Division, and saw action in the Caucasus, Ukraine and Romania. The narrative was compiled during 1945 while Kern […]
Dr George Hay, the Official Historian at Commonwealth War Graves Commission, talks about the recent Commission report on Non-Commemoration report that explores the inequalities in the way the organisation commemorated the dead of the British Empire from the Great War.
Dr Samuel Foster, Visiting Fellow in the School of History, University of East Anglia, talks about his new book on Yugoslavia in the British Imagination. This book explores how the South Slavic Balkans, or the area that became Yugoslavia after 1918, was perceived in the British press, policy makers, travel writers and opinion leaders before, during and after […]
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.
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.
Teacher Dan Mclean talks about his book on the Royal Marines on the Western Front during the Great War. This book is published by Pen and Sword.
Retired orthopaedic surgeon and military medical historian Tom Scotland talks about surgery during the Great War.
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.
Book review – Konrad Jarausch (ed), Reluctant Accomplice [the letters of Konrad Jarausch] (Princeton/Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2011)
This book is an edited collection of around 350 letters sent by German NCO Konrad Jarausch during his active service. They cover the time from 1939 until his death of typhoid fever in Russia on 27 January 1942. In September 1939, Jarausch was mobilised from the reserves to serve with the V/XI battalion of the […]
Historian and author Christina Holstein about her research into the 1917 battle of Verdun and the battlefield today.
Jaime Jiménez Fernández talks about his research into British pacifist women during WW1. Jaime is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Seville.
Author Andy Friend about his biography of British artist John Nash and his military service and painting during the Great War.
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.
Megan Kelleher talks about her research into public awareness of Commonwealth War Graves Commission sites in England. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent.
Amateur historian Ross Beadle talks about his research into the ten critical decisions of French, German and British commanders that shaped the failure of German Schlieffen plan in 1914. This is the second episode.
Amateur historian Ross Beadle talks about his research into the ten critical decisions of French, German and British commanders that shaped the failure of German Schlieffen plan in 1914. This is the first episode.
Historian and author Christina Holstein about her research into the 1916 battle of Verdun during the Great War.
Since February 2017 to end of July 2021, 220 episodes of the podcast have been broadcast and 413,890 downloads achieved. The average number of downloads per programme is 1,881. The activity over the last four years is shown below. The number of downloads per show is set out below in decending order of popularity. Episode […]
Five Years, Four Fronts is Georg Grossjohann’s memoir that covers his service in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. Grossjohann served with the 21st Infantry Division in Poland, 161st Division during the invasion of France, the 332nd Division during the time between the end of the French campaign and start of Operation Barbarossa […]
Doctoral candidate David Spruce talks to me about his research into Recruiting and Training the Royal Flying Corps during the Great War.
Barrister and author Harry Potter talks about his research into the life and military career of prison reformer Sir Alexander Paterson.
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. This book is published by Frontline Books.
Book Review – George Raugh, Unlikely Warrior A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army (New York: Macmillan, 2015)
George Raugh served as a telegraphist in the communications section of the 2nd Battalion,158th Infantry Regiment, 282nd Division of the Wehrmacht. He saw service in western Ukraine and Romania from December 1943 until his capture by the Russians in August 1944. His story is remarkable as he was one-quarter Jewish and under German race laws […]
Author Richard Merry talks about his latest book on the Great War in the Argonne Forest. This book is published by Pen and Sword.
Author and pilot Mark Hillier about talks his latest book on the equipment and clothes of the RFC Great War. This book is published by Pen and Sword.
Historian Pratap Chettri talks about his research into the Assam Rifles in the Great War.
The Outermost Frontier is a transcription of series of letters sent by Helmut Pabst during his service in the 129th Infantry Division on the Eastern Front from the start of Operation Barbarossa to his death on 6th September 1943. Pabst was born in 1911 and before the war was a law student. He started the […]
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 Great War.
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.
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 Great War. This book is published by Pen & Sword.
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.
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.
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.
Book Review: Gottlob Bidermann, In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier’s Memoir of the Eastern Front (Kansas: University of Kansas, 2000)
Reading the marketing blurb on the flap copy for this book, it appeared to promise little more than a Sven Hassle action novel. The first paragraph tells that ‘in the hell that was World War II, the Eastern Front was its heart of fire and ice. Gottlob Herbert Bidermann served in that lethal theater from […]
Dr Anne Samson talks about her recent book on Field Marshall Lord Kitchener. This is published by Helion.
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. More information is https://www.cwgc.org/our-war-graves-your-history/war-graves-week/
Historian Dr Paul Harris about his work on the British General Staff during the Great War.
Historian Phillip Tardif talks about his recent book on the North Irish Horse during the Great War. This is published by Pen & Sword.
Flying from Malone is Guy Warner’s history of Belfast’s first airport that operated from 1924-25. The aerodrome was located in the south of the city off the Malone Road on the site now occupied by the Taughsmonagh housing estate. The land for the site was purchased by the council in the early 1920s and flights […]
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.
Sniper Ace is Bruno Sutkus’ account of his time as a German sniper in the 68th Infantry Division in the on the Eastern Front. During his six months service from May 1944 to early 1945, he was credited with 209 ‘kills’, making him a top sniper in the Wehrmacht. Sutkus was born in 1924, […]
Book Review – Susan B. Cunningham, Sir Crawford McCullagh, Belfast’s Dick Whittington (Donaghadee, NI: Ballyhay, 2016)
The book Sir Crawford McCullagh, Belfast’s Dick Whittington, is a biography of The Rt Hon Sir Crawford McCullagh, 1st Baronet (1868-1948) who was a draper, unionist councillor on Belfast City Council and held the position of Lord Mayor for a record 17 times. McCullagh came from humble origins. He grew up in County Armagh, the fifth […]
Book Review – Brian M. Walker, A History of St George’s Church (Belfast: Ulster History Foundation, 2016)
Brian M. Walker’s book is an excellent chronological institutional history of St George’s church located on High Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was written to mark the church’s 200th anniversary in 2016. The book starts by considering the previous structures which stood on the site before St George’s was constructed in the early 19th century. […]
Since February 2017 to end of December 2020, 202 episodes of the podcast have been broadcast. Between the launch of the podcast on 13 February, 2017 and the end of March 2021, podcast episodes have been downloaded 373, 897 times. The average number of downloads per programme is 1,851. The activity over the last four […]
Historian Wendy Moore about her recent book Endell Street on the hospital of that name established and run in Convent Garden, London, by pioneering doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson. This book is released in the US under the name NO MAN’S LAND in the US; both US and UK versions are published by […]
Book Review – John Killen, A History of the Linen Hall Library 1788-1988 (Belfast: Linen Hall Library, 1990)
John Killen’s A History of the Linen Hall Library 1788-1988 is a solid and worthy chronological narrative of the first two centuries of the Linen Hall Library (LHL). He starts by setting out how the library came of the intellectual ideas of the enlightenment and the social movement amongst literate and wealthy middle-class people to […]
Book Review – Lyn Gallagher, The Albert Memorial Clock (Belfast: The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, 2004)
Lyn Gallagher’s The Albert Memorial Clock is a short pamphlet on the design, building and restoration of the building after which her publication is named. It was written to mark the completion of restoration work on the Albert Memorial Clock (AMC) in 2002. The original structure was completed in 1869 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s late […]
Book Review – Francis Higgins, Religion, Riots and Rebels, The Incredible History of Brown’s Square Belfast (Belfast: Belfast Lad, 2020)
Francis Higgins’ book, Religion, Riots and Rebels, examines the social and economic history of Brown Square and its residents from its establishment in the late eighteenth century to the present day. Today, this area is located in the centre of Belfast. It stands west of the City’s Cathedral quarter, its cultural and tourist hub, and […]
Distant Thunder Issue 6 is now out. This is the journal of the Irish branches of The Western Front Association.
J.C. Beckett’s Belfast, The Making of a City is an anthology of 12 essays by different historians on the social, political, economic and cultural development of Belfast during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The nineteenth-century marked the period when the town of Belfast developed from a provincial market town of 20,000 in 1800 to an […]
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.
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. This book is published by Helion and Co.
Book Review – Friedrich Reiner Nieman, Feldpost [Denis Havel (Ed.)] (Stroud, Gloucestershire: Fonthill, 2016)
Feldpost is a collection of letters from Friedrich Reiner Niemann who served with the 58th Infantry Regiment that was part of the German 6th Infantry Division during the Second World War. The correspondence covers his life and front line experiences on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1945. Niemann came from a well to do […]
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.
Historian Rob Thompson talks about how the British army supplied logistics and material for the Messines/Third Ypres Campaign of 1917.
Historian Rob Thompson talks about how the British army supplied logistics and material for the Messines/Third Ypres Campaign of 1917.
Ep199 – New York’s Silk Stocking 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. This book is published by Potomac Books.
Helmut Altner’s memoir covers his period as a 17-year-old conscript soldier fighting in the defence of Berlin from his enlistment on 29 March 1945 to his capture by Soviet forces on 3 May. He initially joined the Grenadier and Training Replacement Battalion 309 that was part of the 309th ‘Berlin’ Infantry Division formed in February […]
Canadian historian Professor Christopher Bell, Professor of History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, talks about his recent book Churchill and the Dardanelles that examines the role Winston Churchill in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. This book is published by Oxford University Press.
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. This book is published by Oxford University Press.
Book Review – Martin Poppel, Heaven & Hell, The War Diary of a German Paratrooper (Staplehurst: Spellmount, 1988)
Martin Poppel’s Heaven and Hell is his account of his service in the German Fallschirmjaeger (Parachute hunters) during the Second World War. He enlisted in 1938 as a recruit in the 1st Parachute Division and saw action in Poland, Norway and Holland before being promoted to Second Lieutenant in December 1941. Until October 1943, […]
Historian and writer Professor Edward G Lengel talks about his book, Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion. This book 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 an American attack in […]
Herman Schmidt’s Diary of a German Soldier 1939-1945 is more a memoir rather than a diary; the title is misleading. Schmidt was drafted into the German army in September 1939 at the age of 39. The majority of his service was in various menial roles around the horse supply unit for the 18th Army in […]
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. This book is published by Four Courts Press.
Freelance historian Simon Jones about his research into chemical weapons during the Great War.
John Stieber’s account covers his time as a private in the Herman Goring Division, fighting on the Eastern Front July in late 1944 and 1945. He was born in 1926 of Czech-Austrian parents and grew up in England and Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s as his father ran various sugar refineries. In 1939, aged […]
PhD candidate Kieran Taylor, studying at the University of Stirling, talks about his research into Belgian refugees in Glasgow during the Great War.
American historian and author Stephen L. Harris talks about his recent book Duffy’s War that looks at the wartime service of the US 69th Infantry Regiment, their padre Fr. Francis Duffy and commander ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan during their deployment in France. This book is published by Potomac Books.
Historian Dr James Connolly, Lecturer in Modern French History at University College London about his research into the French experience of military occupation by German forces during WW1. James has written ‘The experience of occupation in the Nord, 1914– 18’. This is published by Manchester University Press.
This is the chronological memoir of William Lubbeck who served throughout the Second World War as a ranker and officer in the German 58th Infantry Division. He served as a forward observer for the heavy weapons support company (13th Company) of the 154th Infantry Regiment and he went onto command that formation. He saw service […]
Since February 2017 to end of December 2020, 189 episodes of the podcast have been broadcast. Between the launch of the podcast on 13 February, 2017 and the end of December 2020, podcast episodes have been downloaded 346,741 times. To date (31 December 2020), we have had 129,330 complete downloads and 217,411 partial downloads. […]
Author Dr Aaron Pegram, Senior Historian at the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial, on the life, career and reputation of General Sir John Monash.
Historian Louise Bell talks about her research into the rehabilitation and treatment of limbless service personnel after the Great War.
Book review: Armin Scheiderbauer, Adventures in My Youth: A German Soldier on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945 (Solihull: Helion, 2003)
Armim Scheiderbauer was born in 1924 in Styria, south-east Austria, his father being a Protestant minister. In August 1941, Scheiderbauer was drafted into the German Army and became an officer cadet. From summer 1942, he served for all his time in uniform as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division where he was a […]
I have established a new podcast titled the Combat Morale Podcast. It aims to explore what makes combatants fight (or not) in armed conflict. The podcast has a very broad remit covering all conflicts, asymmetric and conventional and seeks to be multidisciplinary hosting interviews with experts drawn from psychology, sociology, history policy and the armed […]
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.
Social historian Dr Mary Fraser, talks about her research into police and policing in Britain during WW1.
Peter Anderson talks about the role of Folkestone Harbour during the Great War.
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.
Historian Dr Barbara Walsh about her recent book on Irish servicewomen during the Great War. This is published by Pen & Sword.
A ‘mere six weeks’? A comparative study re-examining the longevity of infantry officers’ frontline service during the Great War
My latest article in War in History examines the length of time officers actually served in infantry units during the Great War Veteran testimony after the Great War and current popular legend states that regimental officers in frontline infantry battalions during the Great War served around six weeks before death or injury ended their service. […]
Uwe Timm’s book explores the life of his brother Franz-Heinz, a member of the Waffen SS and the impact Franz-Heinz’s death had on his parents and Uwe’s relationship with them in post-war West Germany. Born in 1940, Uwe was the youngest of three siblings in a middle-class Hamburg family. Franz-Heinz was Uwe’s senior by […]
Mark Scott talks about his new book, Among the Kings, that gives a new story on the Unknown Warrior. This is published Blacstaff.
Issue 5 of Distant Thunder Issue 5 is now out. This is the journal of the Irish branches of The Western Front Association.
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)
This book is the memoir of Austrian Alfred Novotny that covers his service in the Wehrmacht from 1942 to 1945 and subsequent time as a post-war Soviet captive. Novotny was born in Vienna on 1 April 1924. His father was a truck driver for a diary and also an active Social Democrat. Before the war, […]
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, that looks at the failed Nivelle Offensive of 1917. This book is published by Pen & Sword.
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.
Book Review – Hans Heinz Rehfeldt, Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front Vols 1 &2 (Barnsley: Greenhill, 2019)
Hans Heinz Rehfeldt served on the eastern front during World War II. He joined the Reinforced Infantry Battalion Grossdeutschland in November 1941 and remained with this formation when it was expanded into a full division until the end of the war when he was captured by the Americans in May 1945. He initially joined a […]
This is the copy I prepared for an article in The Courier, based in Dundee. On Thursday 14 October 1915, a 15-year-old teenager witnessed the deaths of two airmen in a flying accident in the grounds of Glamis Castle, Angus. This girl was Elizabeth Angela Marguerite, who would be queen to King George VI and […]
Hans Schäufler was a signals officer and second lieutenant in 35th Panzer Regiment, 4th Panzer Division, on the Eastern Front. His account covers his experience of the war from January to May, 1945. He took part in the German retreat from Latvia to East Prussia and was trapped in Danzig when the city fell to […]
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.
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 and writes on early twentieth-century Irish politics, talk about their latest book, The Disparity of Sacrifice. This book examines the military recruitment in […]
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Lawyer and lecturer Dr Catherine Bond, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, talks about her recent book on law in Australia during the Great War. This is published by NewSouth Books (UNSW Press).
Ep176 – 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.
Book Review Christine Alexander & Mason Kunze, Eastern Inferno, The Journals of a German Panzerjager on the Eastern Front, 1941-1943 [Hans Roth] (Oxford: Casement, 2010)
Hans Roth was a private and corporal in the anti-tank battalion of the 299th Division and served with them from the start of Operation Barbarossa in June 1941 to his death in June 1944. During his service, he fought with Sixth Army that was part of Army Group South and took part in operations to […]
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 WW1. This book is published by CUP.
Book Review – Willy Peter Reese, A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War, 1941-1944 (New York, USA: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005)
A Stranger to Myself is the manuscript that German soldier Willy Peter Reese compiled on his service on the Eastern Front. It is a memoir that he wrote on his last home leave to Germany in early 1944 before he returned to the front where he subsequently disappeared and was presumed killed. He subtitled […]
Book Review: Horst Fuchs Richardson (Ed.), Your Loyal and Loving Son: The Letters of Tank Gunner Karl Fuchs, 1937-41. (Washington: Brassey’s, 2003)
The letters of Karl Fuchs present a different view of the German soldier in the Second World War than is frequently portrayed in the crude caricatures represented in British popular culture. There are three types of German serviceman that occupy this genre and all are demonstrated in the 1963 film, The Great Escape that portrays […]
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.
A Berliner’s Luck is the memoir of Fred Simon’s service in the Wehrmacht during the Great War. Simon was born in Berlin in 1922, into a working-class family where his father was a tool and die maker. His family had Jewish routes and emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1927. They returned five years […]
Oskar Scheja’s account covers his time as a German soldier and Soviet POW during the Second World war. He rode with German forces into Russia in June 1941 as part of the 5th Company, 2nd Battalion, 525 Infantry Brigade, 298th Infantry Division. In October 1942, he was transferred to the 164th Infantry Division after being […]
Armin Bottger was a radio operator in the German Army during the Second World fighting in Panzer IV tanks. He served as a private in the 12th Squadron, 24th Panzer Regiment that was part of the 24th Panzer Division that saw action in France, Italy and Eastern Front from 1943 until the summer of 1944. […]
Bruno Friesen’s memoir covers his time as a gunner in Wehrmacht during the Second World War. He saw action with the 8th Company of the 25th Panzer Regiment from July 1944 until he was wounded in March 1945. Throughout his time with the unit, he served as part of the 7th Panzer Division and saw […]
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.
Matthew Ball talks about his research into the community of Sevenoaks during WW1.
Author David Martin talks about his recent book on the 58th Division (London) during WW1. This is published by Pen & Sword.
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.
Book Review – David Garden & Kenneth Andrew (Eds), The War Diaries of a Panzer Soldier, Erich Hager with the 17th Panzer Division on the Russian Front, 1941-1945 (Atglen PA/USA: Schiffer Military History, 2010)
David Garden and Kenneth Andrew have done a sterling effort to present, translate and present the diaries that German soldier Erich Hager kept for most of his service on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Hager served as a ranker and Unteroffizier [Lance Sergeant] in 39th Panzer Regiment, 17th Panzer Division, throughout the […]
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.
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.
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Professor Alison Fell, Professor of French Cultural History at the University of Leeds, talks about her recent book on women as veterans in post-Great War France and Britain. Alison’s book examines the cultural and social identity some women adopted, or were given, as war veterans in the 1920s and how this was received by the […]
Peter Welsh talks about his research into the community of Washington during the Great War.
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 April 2020.
Pratap Chhetri talks about his research into Rana Jodha Jung Bahadur, the first Gurkha officer in the British Army during the Great War.
Gerry White, Chair of the Cork branch of the WFA, talks about his research into Tom Barry, who was a British soldier in WW1 and became a leading IRA commander during the Anglo-Irish War.
Kate Imy, Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas, talks about her recent book Faithful Fighters. Her book explores the Indian Army’s attempts to racialize and militarize the South Asian identities of its multi-racial, multi-linguistic, and multi-faith soldiery to secure their loyalty, cooperation. Her book is published by Standford University Press.
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.
Historian Nigel Atter about his book on the Great War service of the 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. This is published by Helion.
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.
David Marks about his recent book on the German Zeppelin Offensive as documented in propaganda, postcards and pictures. This has been published by Pen & Sword.
Damien Burke, archivist at the Irish Jesuit Archives, talks about his research into the responses of Irish Jesuits to the end of WW1.
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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.
Professor Jerry White, Professor in History at Birkbeck, University of London, talks about his social history about London during the Great War. This is published by Vintage.
Author Dan Mclean about his book on Rugbeians in the Great War, published by Pen and Sword.
David Martin talks about his recent book on the 66th Division (East Lancs) during the German Spring Offensive. This is published by Pen & Sword.
Dr Rory Sweetman 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.
Andrea Hetherington talks about her research into soldiers who deserted in Britain during the Great War.
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.
Journalist and writer Vanessa Holburn talks about her recent book on the 1919 Amritsar Massacre. This is published by Pen & Sword.
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.
I wrote a short article in the latest edition of Distant Thunder Issue 3.
Charles Fair talks about his research into Officer Cadet Battalions during the Great War.
Kathryn White, a PhD history student at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, talks about her doctoral research into religion and the YMCA in WW1.
Alan Gow and Robert Jardine about their book (written with Richard Hannah) on the lives and war serviceof the men who commemorated on the Bo’ness War Memorial, West Lothian.
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 WW1 items of former veterans to museums.
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.
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 (Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mutiny-Rianna-Scipio/dp/B07K1JHJTW).
Diane Stephens, Manager of the Heugh Battery Museum (http://www.heughbattery.co.uk/) about the battery and its role in WW1.
Former cabinet minister and MP, David Laws about his latest book, Who Killed Kitchener?, examining the life and death of Field Marshal Lord Kitchener. This is published by Biteback publishing.
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. For more information contact Sue on email@example.com.
Pratap Chhetri talks about his research into companies of the Indian Labour Corps during the Great War.
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 Haig’s […]
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 WW1.
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.
Since February 2017 to end of September 2019, 131 episodes of the podcast have been broadcast. The podcast is available on a range of Apple and Android platforms through apps such as including iTunes, Acast and Castbox. Stitcher and TuneIn. Between the launch of the podcast on 13 February 2017 and the end […]
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.
Dr Amanda Nagel, 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.
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 […]
Colin Campbell about his book on the 51st Highland Division during the Great War that has been reprinted by Pen and Sword.
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.
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 (http://www.heughbattery.co.uk/) in Hartlepool.
Dr Samuel Foster, Visiting Academic in the School of History, University of East Anglia, talks about Serbia in the Great War.
Emile Coetzee, from North West University in South Africa, talks about the 1914 Afrikaner Rebellion.
Dr Chris Kempshall, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Army Leadership, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, talks about his book on The First World War in Computer Games. This was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. Use the following token on palgrave.com (qj9JE7Czmn4DJFq) to get a 20% discount. Valid 2.9.19 to 30.9.19.
Antonio Garcia talks about his recent book on the South African campaign against German South West Africa in 1914/5 (published by Helion).
William Franklin talks about the First World War career of Archibald Wavell.
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.
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’.
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).
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).
Wenlan Peng, from the Meridian Society (www.themeridiansociety.org.uk), talks about the Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front during the Great War.
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.
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.
The diary of Gerald Achilles Burgoyne is a fascinating perspective of a pre-war regular officer serving in the early months of the Great War. He served as a company commander in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, and his diary covers his service with the unit around Ypres from November 1914 to May 1915. He […]
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.
Book review: K.W. Noe, Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861 (Chapel Hill, 2010)
Kenneth Noe’s book examines those Confederate volunteers who were so-called ‘late enlisters’, those who joined the southern army after the rage militare of 1861 had died down. He estimates that 180,000 joined up after 1861 and this group of men are neglected by historians and stereotyped as hesitant non-slave owning farmers. His book aims to […]
Ep115 – 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.
Dr Martin Purdy talks about chaplains and religion on the Western Front during the Great War.
Book Review: G. Hamilton, McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War (Infinity Publishing, 2015)
Gregory Hamilton’s revealing book examines the Project 100,000 personnel selection policy introduced by Secretary of State of Defense Robert McNamara during the Vietnam War. The programme formally accepted men into the army who were previous ‘disqualified for military service under previous mental [and physical] standards’ by lowering ‘test score[s] and educational standards’ required for service. […]
Michael Nugent talks about his book on the 36th Ulster Division during the German 1918 Spring Offensive, published by Helion.
Book Review – George Lepre, Fragging: Why U.S. Soldiers Assaulted Their Officers in Vietnam (Lubbock, Tx, 2011)
George Lepre’s excellent book is the first academic study into the Vietnam War phenomenon known as ‘fragging’, where US servicemen sought to murder other American soldiers using fragmentation grenades. He estimates there were up to 1,000 attacks that resulted in at least 57 deaths. His publication examines why soldiers perpetrated these crimes and how the […]
Dr Emily Anderson, from Newcastle University, talks about her PhD research into humour in British literature during the Great War.
Emile Coetzee, from North West University in South Africa, talks about L/Cpl L/Cpl Wijnand “Vic” Hamman, who served in South African 2nd Regt during the Great War.
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.
Dr Bill Stewart talks about the Canadian Corp’s Operation Delta and how it shaped operations during the 100 Days in 1918.
Phil Sutcliffe talks about his father’s account of being an infantryman during the Great War.
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.
Dr Jack Davies, Assistant Curator at the Science Museum, talks abou the impact of WW1 on Australian-British relations. This talk was given as part of the The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century International Conference held at the University of Wolverhampton in September last year.
Emeritus Professor Michael Durey, from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, talks about his research project that explores the lives of British officers killed on the Western Front during the Great War.
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.
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.
Doctoral candidate Harry Sanderson, from the University of Leeds, discusses his research into the training of British infantry soldiers during the Great War.
Medical historian Dr Michael Robinson, from the University of Liverpool, talks about the treatment of mentally-ill Irish ex-serviceman after the Great War.
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.
Historian Jack Sheldon talks about the performance and collapse of the German Army during the Hundred Days in 1918.
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.
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 […]
Military historian Dr John Peaty talks about Lawrence of Arabia.
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.
An article I wrote published in the WFA’s Bulletin 112 on the Wolverhampton Conference at which I gave a paper. Article in WFA’s Bulletin 112.
WFA Trustee David Tattersfield 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 in the near future.
John Green talks about his relative Irish nationalist politician Major Willie Redmond MP, who was killed at the Battle of Messines in June 1917.
School archivist Sarah Wearne talks about her new book that looks at Great War memorials in public schools, This is published by Helion.
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).
Portuguese Army officer Miguel Freire talks about the role of the Portuguese Expeditionary Force on the Western Front during WW1.
Dr Sally White talks about her new book Ordinary Heroes on civilian volunteers during the Great War, published by Amberly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
Medical historian and curator Dr Ian Miller, Lecturer at Ulster University, talks about force-feeding during the Great War.
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.
My latest article in the above magazine on ‘To volunteer or not: explaining Leicestershire’s recruitment crisis, 1914-1915’ which can be read here.
Dr James Hurst talks about his latest book (published by Helion & Co.) which reappraises the landing by the ANZAC forces on the Dardanelles on 25 April 1915.
Historian Tim Halstead talks about his recent book on Uppingham public school during the Great War that has been published by Helion and Co.
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.
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.
Dr. Andrea McKenzie, Associate Professor at York University, Toronto, Canada, talks about her research into Canadian nurses’ war narratives of the Great War.
Dr. Linda Parker talks about her book on the Rev. Philip ‘Tubby’ Clayton during the Great War, published by Helion & Co.
Historian and First World War expert Taff Gillingham delivers a lecture on the British soldier in 1918. This talk was given at the WFA’s York Conference on 7th July 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Historian Peter Hart about his new book The Last Battle – Endgame on the Western Front 1918, published by Profile books.
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 WFA’s 7th President’s Conference in Birmingham on 2 June 2018.
Dr Alison Hines, gives a lecture on the British Manpower Crisis of 1918; this talk was given at the WFA’s 7th President’s Conference in Birmingham on 2 June 2018.
Anne Buckley (@skiptonpow), Lecturer in Translation Studies and German at Leeds University, talks about translating memoirs of a group of German officers imprisoned in Skipton in World War I.
Author Kenneth C. Davis (@kennethcdavis) talks about his latest book on the hidden history of the Spanish Flu during World War 1, published by Henry Holt.
WFA 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.
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.
Sir Hew Strachan, patron of the WFA 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 WFA’s AGM in London last month.
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).
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. […]
Andrea Hetherington talks about her new book British Widows of the First World War (published Pen and Sword).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Author and historian Louise Heren talks about her book on Nannies and the Great War (published by Pen and Sword).
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.
Doctoral student Stephen Roberts talks about The Wirral in the Great War.
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.
Dr Bill Mitchinson talks about his latest book on the 48th (South Midland) Division from 1908 to 1919 (published by Helion & Co.)
Military historian and battlefield guide Clive Harris, Director of Battle Honours, discusses the Hindenburg Line during the First World War.
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.
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.
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 WFA.
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.
Sarah Reay (http://www.halfshillingcurate.com/) 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.).
This was an article from the WFA website on the Western Front Association Service of Commemoration at the Cenotaph 11 November 2017
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 WW1. This talk is based around his recent book Faces from the Front, published by Helion and Co.
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).
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.
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.).
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.
Historian Charles Messenger discusses his biography of controversial solider Franck 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.
Historian and author Dr Vivien Newman (http://firstworldwarwomen.co.uk/about.html) talks about the role and experience of women in Europe and Britain during the First World War.
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).
Tony Ashworth’s book was published over 30 years ago and is still relevant today.
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.
Book Review – J. Smithson, A Taste of Success, The First Battle of the Scarpe (Helion: Solihull, 2017)
Jim Smithson’s excellent book brings new understanding to the opening phase of the April 1917 Battle of Arras.
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.
Paul O’Brien’s excellent new book examines the role of the para-military Auxiliary Division in the 1920-21 British counter-insurgency campaign against the IRA during the Irish War of Independence.
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.
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.
Here is the text of an article I drafted for the Old Campellians’ Society as part of the project I’m doing at CCB. This was posted on their website.
Book Review: A.L. George, The Chinese Communist Army in Action: The Korean War and its Aftermath (New York, 1967)
Dr Alexander George’s book is a fascinating insight into how the newly created Chinese communist state in the late 1940’s sought to direct, sustain and shape small group relations in their People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and how this system functioned under the stresses of combat in during the Chinese intervention in Korea during 1950-51.
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.
Omer Bartov’s book on the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front during the Second World War remains a classic on the role of ideology in combat motivation.
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.
Stephen Miles’ book examines how tourism to the Western Front has developed over the last century.
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.
Nick Lloyd’s new book covers the controversial Third Ypres campaign giving a valuable and unique insight into the both the allied and Germans experiences.
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.
This recording is of a talk given by Professor Andrew Lambert, King’s College London, to the Antrim and Down WFA branch Somme Conference last October (2016) on the outcomes of the 1916 naval battle at Jutland.
John Hockey’s book is a ground breaking insight into the life, culture and experience of the British Army infantry private in the late 20th Century.
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).
In his admirable 2011 book, Jonathan Fennell argues that the morale of the British Eighth Army during the summer of 1942 reached a ‘crisis’ but recovered to be the most decisive factor in the allied victory over Axis forces at the Second Battle of El Alamein.
Lucinda Moore, a picture researcher at the Mary Evans Picture Library, discusses her new book Animals in the Great War (published by Pen & Sword).
Book Review: J.A. Frank & G.A. Reaves, “Seeing the Elephant”: Raw Recruits at the Battle of Shiloh (Westport, Conn., 1989)
This excellent book examines the morale, attitudes and experience of Confederate and Union soldiers who fought at the Battle of Shiloh. It follows their journey from enlistment and training in 1861 at the start of the US Civil War, to their first experience of combat, ‘seeing the elephant’, at Shiloh in April 1862.
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).
Book review – J. McPherson, For Cause and Comrades, Why Men Fought in the Civil War (Baton Rouge, Lo., 1994)
Professor James McPherson makes a convincing case on the importance of ideology and political belief in the explaining why 3 million Americans enlisted, fought and endured during the US Civil War.
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.
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.
Vanda Wilcox’s book is an important contribution to the understanding of the Italian army in the Great War and also to explaining how morale functions in human conflict.
Ep15 – 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’.
Book Review – S. Rabalais, General Fox Conner, Pershing’s Chief of Operations and Eisenhower’s Mentor (Havertown, Pa., 2016)
Steven Rabalais’ fascinating biography is the first to cover the life of US army officer Fox Conner (1874-1951). Connor served as ‘Black’ Jack Pershing’s Chief of Operations in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) during the Great War and in the 1920’s became a close confidant, mentor and friend to Dwight Eisenhower.
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. Further information can be found at www.generalfoxconner.com.
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.
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).
Luci Gosling, from the Mary Evans Picture Library, discusses a talk she gave to the WFA’s AGM in Newcastle on cartoons, cartoonists and the Great War.
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.
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).
Dr Peter Grant discusses how the Great War has shaped and provided inspiration for modern pop bands, heavy metal and contemporary classical music.
Historian Robert Engen’s book convincingly explains what motivated Canadian soldiers to fight and endure during the Second World War campaigns of Sicily, Italy, Normandy and North West Europe in the face of intense combat, heavy casualties and adversity.
In Lydbury North’s parish church, there is an amazing publication titled ‘War Record’, produced by the parish after the Great War that sets out the military service of parishioners and the ‘war work’ local patriotic villagers undertook to support the war effort.
Book Review: D. Bird, The Spirit of the Troops is Excellent, The 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders in the Great War 1914 – 1919 (Moray, 2008)
Derek Bird’s chronological account of the 1/6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, in the Great War is a solid unit history.
Philip Pratley talks about ‘Irish Soldiers One Year On: The Changes of 1917 ’, a lecture from the joint WFA and British Commission for Military History conference ‘The Armies of 1917’, held in April 2017.
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.
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.
Michael Orr talks about ‘Bunny & 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.
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.
Book Review: G. Book Review: G. Sheffield, Forgotten Victory: The First World War: Myths and Realities (London, 2001)
Gary Sheffield’s Forgotten Victory still remains mandatory reading for those seeking to understand the First World War and Britain’s role in that conflict.
Book Review: S. Sandford, Neither Unionist or Nationalist, the 10th Irish Division in the Great War (Irish Academic Press, 2015)
Stephen Sandford’s excellent book on the 10th (Irish) Division is an in-depth study of the unit’s formation, its social composition, leadership and its service in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Great War.
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.
We hear from historians Steven Barker and Jack Sheldon on how combatants learnt lessons from the Battle of the Somme. We also discuss with psychologist Peter Hodgkinson his latest book Glum Heroes on psychological survival in the trenches and interview Rob Newman about his PhD on the importance of wood in trench warfare.
This paper examines the effect combat experience, gained on the Somme, had on the military effectiveness of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) for the remainder of the war.
Holy Trinity church in Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, has a striking war memorial to its 43 parishioners who fought and fell during the Great War. They were predominantly residents of the local area and were mainly drawn from the wealthier professional middle classes or minor aristocracy who lived in the South Kensington area […]
On 10th November I attended the commemoration of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station. The service opened with a short narration and was followed by a minute’s silence to mark the arrival of the Unknown Warrior at Platform 8, Victoria Station in London, after he had been transported by train from Dover. The exhortation followed […]
This year’s remembrance commemoration saw the usual round of well-worn media debates on whether people should wear a poppy, what colour it should be : red or white or purple (for animals in war), and from what date it should be worn, the 23rd October or 1st November. The media event which caused the most […]