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, 13 January 2021, 20:00-21:00 GMT,

Gerry White will talk on ‘From gunner to guerrilla – Tom Barry's road to rebellion’

 

Gerry White, Chair of the Cork Branch of the WFA talks about IRA leader Tom Barry. Barry was one of the most significant and controversial figures on the republican side during the Irish War of Independence. As commander of the Flying Column of Cork No. 3 Brigade of the IRA, he conducted a number of successful operations against the forces of the Crown including the Kilmchael Ambush on 28 November 1920 in which an eighteen strong mobile patrol of Auxiliaries was eliminated. However, Tom Barry was an unlikely rebel. The son of a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary, Barry joined the Royal Field Artillery in 1915 and fought in Mesopotamia.  In his account of his guerrilla campaign publish in 1949, Barry stated that it was the reports of the 1916 Rising he read while in Mesopotamia that led him to join the IRA. However, the story is more complex than that. As Gerry will show, Barry’s service with the British Army and post-war experience had a major part to play in his transformation from a gunner to guerrilla.

 

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  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-gunner-to-guerrilla-tom-barrys-road-to-rebellion-tickets-130581714423?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

 

 

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

Dr Fionnuala Walsh will talk on her latest book ‘Irish Women and the Great War’

 

Dr Fionnuala Walsh, Lecturer/Assistant Professor at University College Dublin, talks about her book on the impact of the Great War on women's everyday lives in Ireland, focussing on the years of the war and its immediate aftermath. She will aim to demonstrate how Irish women threw themselves into the war effort, mobilising in various different forms, such as nursing wounded soldiers, preparing hospital supplies and parcels of comforts, undertaking auxiliary military roles in port areas or behind the lines, and producing weapons of war. However, she argues the war's impact was also felt beyond direct mobilisation, affecting women's household management, family relations, standard of living, and work conditions and opportunities.

 

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  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/irish-women-and-the-great-war-tickets-130582791645?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

 

 

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 wide spread 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  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/german-combat-motivation-on-the-eastern-front-during-the-second-world-war-tickets-130583485721?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

 

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