Antrim and Down Branch Western Front Association
Antrim and Down BranchWestern Front Association   

2020/21 Programme of talks

We are pleased to announce that over the autumn and winter we shall be holding a series of on-line talks with PRONI and other organisations. The programme is listed below with details of how to register. Events will be posted on here as they are organised.

Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 20:00-21:00 GMT

Dr Tom Thorpe will talk on his research into ‘German combat motivation on the Eastern Front during the Second World War’


Dr Tom Thorpe, independent scholar and Secretary of the Antrim and Down Branch, discusses his research into the combat morale and motivation of German forces fighting against Soviet forces on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. His talk considers what factors made German forces fight, endure and engage in the widespread war crimes in which so many ordinary German units participated. In particular, he focuses on the role of two motivating forces; the role of ideology and nationalism and the role of small group cohesion. This lecture is a deviation away from the normal programme of Great War talks to explore whether the branch should consider talks across a broader historical sweep.  


This event is taking place on Zoom. Sign-up closes 24 hours before the event and an invite will be sent to everyone registered 24 hours before the beginning of the event. THE LINK TO REGISTRATION is


Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 20:00-21:00 GMT

TBC, details to follow.


Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 20:00-21:00 BST

Piet Chielens, coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres (Ieper) in Belgium.

Piet Chielens is currently the director of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium. After 25 years he will retire as museum director in June 2021 and return to the IFFM as a volunteer. He has been responsible for the museum’s permanent exhibitions, as well as a number of temporary exhibitions up to the present upgrade. From 1992 to 2007, he was also artistic director of Peace Concerts Passendale. He aims for a constant renewal of the memory of the Great War in Flanders and to give special attention to the ways in which micro- (personal, family and local) and macro-history (that of cultures, nations, and the world) can be linked. In addition to numerous publications in Dutch, he has co-authored two books in English: The Great War Seen from the Air. In Flanders Fields 1914–1918 (with Birger Stichelbaut, 2013), and Unquiet Graves. Execution Sites of the Great War in Flanders (with Julian Putkowski, 2000). Register for the event HERE.

This event will take place on zoom. Sign-up to the event will close one hour before the event begins. The zoom link will also issue one hour before the beginning of the event.


Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 20:00-21:00 BST

TBC, details to follow.


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