Antrim and Down Branch Western Front Association
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2022/22 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, 8 September  2021, 20:00-21:00 GMT

Prof Gary Sheffield will talk on ‘The Spine of the Army: NCOs in the British & Dominion armies during the two world wars’.

 

Gary is Chair of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and is a well-known contributor to broadcast media. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of the Royal United Service Institution, Visiting Professor at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham, member of the academic Advisory Panel of the National Army Museum, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust.

His publications include amongst others:

  • Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities (Headline, 2001; Review, 2002)
  • The Somme: A New History (Cassell Military Paperbacks, 2004)
  • Imperial War Museum's 1914–1918 The Western Front Experience (Carlton Books, 2008)
  • The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army (Aurum Press, 2011)
  • Command and Morale The British Army on the Western Front 1914–1918 (Praetorian Press, 2014)
  • In Haig's Shadow Brigadier-General Hugo de Pree and the First World War (2019)

This event is taking place on Zoom. Registration closes one hour before the event and an invite link will be sent to everyone registered one hour before the beginning of the event.

 

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. Registration details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spine-of-the-army-ncos-in-the-british-dominion-armies-the-two-world-wars-tickets-166147113489

 

 

 

Wednesday, 13 October 2021, 20:00-21:00 BST, online talk by Dr Spencer Jones on ‘The Boer War and its legacy'

 

The Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) was a bitter and controversial conflict that marked a watershed in the history of the British Empire. Britain had gone to war in 1899 confident of a swift victory against the outnumbered Boer irregulars. But the conflict confounded these expectations.

 

The opening battles saw the British Army suffer a series of humiliating defeats before reinforcements turned the tide in 1900. Yet, even after the British had conquered the Boer republics, the war raged on in the form of a bloody guerrilla conflict that left swathes of South Africa devastated. 

 

This period of savage fighting would come to be characterised by what Liberal Party leader Henry Campbell-Bannerman condemned as ‘methods of barbarism’, including scorched earth, summary executions and, most notoriously of all, concentration camps. 

 

In this online talk, Dr Spencer Jones will explore the course and conduct of the Boer War and consider its legacy for both Britain and her army. 

Dr Spencer Jones is an award-winning historian and author. He is Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and serves as the Regimental Historian for the Royal Regiment of Artillery. His works include ‘From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-1914’ and ‘Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force, 1914’. His most recent work is ‘At All Costs: The British Army on the Western Front, 1916’.

 

Registration details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-boer-war-and-its-legacy-tickets-162039335013

 

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, 10 November 2021, 20:00-21:00 GMT online talk by Dr Tim Bowman on ‘'Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck and the Indian Army, 1914-1947’

Details to follow.

Registration details to follow.

This event will take place on zoom. Sign-up to the event will close one hour before the event begins. Information here:  https://bit.ly/3bVZoH5

 

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