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Six miles from victory

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With thanks to the Western Front Association for producing this video of my talk “Six miles from victory” at their President’s Conference held in Birmingham in 2018. “Possibly the most fascinating, informative and entertaining WFA lecture that I’ve ever heard“, said one reviewer. Links The Battles of the Lys 1918 Books

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The du Cros Motor Ambulance Convoy

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On 3 October 1914, newspapers ran a story describing how Sir Arthur du Cros MP had offered to the War Office to raise, equip and maintain a motor ambulance convoy. It was “probably to be commanded by Captain George du Cros and the drivers will be expert mechanics supplied by Mr. du Cros“. Sir Arthur […]

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Oi! LinesMan!

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On tidying up some admin files this morning, I came across an old receipt, dated November 2010. It was the happy day that I bought the LinesMan product from Great War Digital. I have used this product literally every day since then, other than the time when I was in hospital undergoing surgery! Let me […]

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Review of “Allies are a tiresome lot”

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Allies are a tiresome lot: the British Army in Italy in the First World Warby John DillonPublished by Helion & Company in 2015Hardback ISBN 978 1 910777 32 9209 pages plus bibliography and indexIllustrated with 15 photographs and 4 mapsMy thanks to Helion & Company for sending me a copy. The campaign in Italy has […]

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An Australian victory: 10 June 1918

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The action of 4 July 1918 known as the Battle of Hamel is often regarded as a turning point of the war on the Western Front. It was a relatively small, brilliantly executed attack carried out by the Australian Corps with attached American units and supported by British tanks, artillery and aircraft. Hamel tends to […]

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6th Yorkshires in clash at Bol’shie Ozerki

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This article is based on research I carried out in 2015 on Private 58043 Herbert Clayton, who was killed in action at Bol’shie Ozerki on 2 April 1919. The action formed part of the campaign in North Russia. Background to the campaign in North Russia​ ​Often referred to as the Allied Intervention in North Russia.​ […]

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Review of “In which they served”

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In which they served: the stories of five men and women of the Great War as told by their medalsby Richard CullenPublished by Unicorn Publishing in 2020Hardback ISBN 978 1 913 491 031315 pages including chapter end notes, plus references and end notesReviewed by Chris BakerWith thanks to Unicorn for sending me a copy to […]