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Western Front Association
The Western Front Association promotes an interest & understanding of the campaigns on the Western Front, in France and Flanders, during The Great War
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Western Front Association 3h
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6 The RAF were largely unable to assist with ground attack, and the 60 tanks proved of little assistance. The ‘weapons system’ failed entirely due to weather conditions. It was a soldier’s battle of great violence, the BEF losing 2,200 casualties. (Thanks to Peter Hodgkinson)
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Western Front Association 3h
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5 The artillery had virtually no targets for counterbattery work, and made little impact on the defences in a two day bombardment. The British infantry universally met uncut wire and thus lost the protective creeping barrage.
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Western Front Association 3h
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4 Only two days flying had been possible due to bad weather, and this meant that the layout of the enemy defences was known only sketchily.
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Western Front Association 3h
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3 Fourth Army was hampered by many things, including their biggest intelligence failure of the war, meeting four more divisions in line than were expected, although the fog proved an effective cloak.
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Western Front Association 3h
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2 The objectives set for the first day took three to achieve. The German Army was no busted flush.
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Western Front Association 3h
1 On 17 October 1918 Fourth Army attacked the German positions in the valley of the River Selle. In dense fog, the enemy put up a defence described as ‘fanatical’, based on machine guns and very accurate artillery fire, mounting 21 counter attacks.
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Durham WFA Oct 15
Durham WFA 1918-2018 First World War Centenary Conference - 13 October. A brilliant day! Thank you to our fantastic speakers and all who attended.
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Antrim & Down WFA 18h
14.11.18 - War Stories conference: Community Perspectives from the Centenary. Joint event with & PRONI. Held at LHL, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB (9.30 to 13.00). Free, all welcome.
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Herts at War 17h
We are really looking forward to tonight's Herts at War talk by on the the war on the western dront in 1918. As always, tickets are FREE and all are welcome. Talk starts at 7.30pm, in Hatfield. More info here: See you soon!
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Peter Doyle 11h
‘Saved for later’: the remains of two iron-hard ration biscuits, kept by a First World War British Soldier in the tin issued to the wounded by in 1914. One for you, ?
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Western Front Association 13h
On our latest Professor , 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. Listen here:
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Martin Brown Oct 16
Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference in Bristol of Saturday. Lots of papers including on Larkhill's trenches and tunnels by me and colleagues from
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Western Front Association Oct 16
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12 H. L. Baker (edited by R. H. Ferrell), Argonne Days in World War I (Columbia: University of Missouri, 2007), p.62. Thanks to Peter Hart. Photo of the magazine of a Chauchat from a private collection, used with permission. Photo from US National Archives.
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Western Front Association Oct 16
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11 The Second American Army now came into existence, to be commanded by Lieutenant General Robert Bullard, while Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett took command of First Army, with Pershing commanding the resulting American Army Group.
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Western Front Association Oct 16
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10 The final fall of the Kriemhilde Stellung occurred on 16th October 1916 and the Americans achieved the objectives set for the first day of the offensive - way back on 26 September. It had been slow and tough going, but they were making solid progress.
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Western Front Association Oct 16
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9 ‘Quit shooting with that Chauchat!’ So here I was in the midst of a battle with orders not to shoot!’ As Private Baker had not been taught how to use the “sho-sho” it was lucky that he evidently managed to hold it properly, otherwise he would have got a smack in the face!
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Western Front Association Oct 16
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8 This happened again and again and finally, when I had shot about thirty rounds, was losing some of my fear, and beginning to enjoy it, Cameron stuck his head over the embankment and yelled, ...
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Western Front Association Oct 16
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7 It was set on single shot, and though I have since wished it had been on automatic, perhaps it was lucky that it wasn’t. Then I began firing at the Germans, aiming as best I could with the old blunderbuss. Soon it jammed, but I had it working again in a jiffy.
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Western Front Association Oct 16
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6 I tried this thing and then that and finally I accidentally let loose a contraption and the thing went ‘Bam!’ I looked to see if it was pointed toward the Germans and it was, so I had not hit any of our men.
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Western Front Association Oct 16
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5 “I turned my attention to my Chauchat. I had not yet been taught how to shoot it, but evidently it would shoot, so, loading it, I set it down as it should have been and began trying to work the thing.
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