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, 9 June 2021, 20:00-21:00 BST, online talk by Dr Tom Scotland on ‘Ground-breaking developments in the treatment of wounded on the Western Front 1914-18’

In the early months of the Great War, surgical management of wounds was hopelessly inadequate and unacceptable delays resulted in thousands of potentially avoidable deaths from pyogenic (pus-forming) infections and from gas gangrene. Resuscitation of seriously wounded soldiers was practically non-existent and there was little understanding of surgical shock caused by massive blood loss. The use of ether and chloroform in extremely vulnerable patients caused many anaesthetic related deaths.

Tom Scotland is a retired orthopaedic surgeon from Aberdeen who for many years has been fascinated by groundbreaking surgical developments made during the Great War, which by 1918 had transformed the management of wounded soldiers and established the fundamental principles of war surgery as practised today. He has published widely on the subject and has presented his work at many national and international meetings.

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, 8 September 2021, 20:00-21:00 BST

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. The zoom link will also issue one hour before the beginning of the event.

 

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 Spence 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 to follow.

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.

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. The zoom link will also issue one hour before the beginning of the event.

 

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