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REGISTRATION 27/28 October 2018 Conference – Forgotten Victory 1918

27 October - 28 October


The British Commission for Military History (BCMH) and the Western Front Association (WFA) are organizing a two day conference on the final campaigns of the First World War  to be held at the Army & Navy Club, (known colloquially as The Rag), 36-38 Pall Mall, St James's, London SW1Y 5JN on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October 2018.

Please note the dress code in the Club is smart/casual or business dress, no jeans or sportswear.

Arrangements for overnight accommodation are being made with the Union Jack Club.

Booking details for the Conference are here  Booking Instructions


Keynotes will include:

Dr Jonathan Boff: Why did Germany Lose?

Dr Jessica Meyer: When Tommy Came Limping Home: Caring for the British War Disabled After 1918

Dr Chris Pugsley: The New Zealand Division in 1918

Professor Gary Sheffield: British and Dominion Conscripts –  Forgotten Soldiers in a Forgotten Victory

The conference is being organised by Dr Jonathan Boff, Professor Peter Simkins and Dr Dan Whittingham.


Forgotten Victory Conference Programme

Army & Navy Club, 36-38 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5JN

As at 25 July 2018

Friday 26 October - Buffet Event at Union Jack Club

Hot Buffet + welcome drink

Launch of new edition "To Win a War" by John Terraine with appraisal by Gary Sheffield.

Talk - "The secret move of the Canadians from Ypres to Amiens" by Rob Thompson

Full details to follow

Saturday 27 Oct

08.45 Doors Open for Registration and Coffee

09.30 Intro and Welcome

09.45 Keynote 1
GARY SHEFFIELD British and Dominion Conscripts – Forgotten Soldiers in a Forgotten Victory

10.45 Break (20 mins)

PETER HODGKINSON Deconstructing the ‘Weapons System’ – Fourth Army at the Selle
DEREK CLAYTON Decisive Victory: the Battle of the Sambre
TOM THORPE Military group cohesion in the BEF during 1918: a forgotten key to victory?
JACK SHELDON Im Felde unbesiegt? German Morale and Combat Effectiveness in Autumn 1918

12.55 Lunch

SEBASTIAN LUKASIK Perfecting Attrition: The U.S. 2nd Division in the Champagne Offensive, September – October 1918
WILLIAM PHILPOTT Forgotten Victors: General Marie-Éugene Debeney and French First Army in the Hundred Day’s Campaign.
DAVID ZABECKI The Race to Sedan, 6-7 November 1918

15.20 Break  (20 mins)

15.40 Keynote 2
JONATHAN BOFF Why did Germany Lose?

16.40 Finish

17.00 Room vacated.

Conference Dinner at Union Jack Club

Gala Dinner

After Dinner address by Jack Sheldon

Full details to follow

Sunday 28 October

08.45 Doors open

09.30 Keynote 3
CHRIS PUGSLEY The New Zealand Division in 1918

10.30 Break (20 mins)


LINDA PARKER The Role of the Royal Army Chaplains Department in the last campaigns of the First World War
GEOFFREY VESEY HOLT Proposed title: The Tank Corps: a Useful but not Essential Arm or Service in 1918
ROB THOMPSON The Empire Strikes Back: BEF Logistics during the Advance to Victory, 1918
JANE ORR Spanish Flu: the Real Killer of 1918

12.40 Lunch

JOHN PEATY Allenby’s Victory at Megiddo, September 1918
JOHN ALEXANDER ‘A new type of warfare’: Air Land Integration at Megiddo
WILLIAM FRANKLIN Archibald Wavell 1917-1918 – Laying the Foundations of Greatness

15.10 Break (20 mins)

15.30 Keynote 4
JESSICA MEYER When Tommy Came Limping Home: Caring for the British War Disabled After 1918

16.25  Conclude

16.30 Pay Bar set up in Drawing room.


The full timetable and programme may also be downloaded here   Download


Tickets are £60.00 per day discounted to £45 for full members of the BCMH and WFA and to £30 for speakers and for members who hold valid Student ID. The price includes refreshments at the break and a buffet lunch.

Papers will be considered for publication in the BCMH’s pioneering Open Access, peer-reviewed journal British Journal of Military History. The WFA also welcomes submissions to Stand To!, the magazine of the Association.

Overnight Accommodation

Conference attendees should make their own arrangements for overnight accommodation. WFA have made arrangements for overnight accommodation at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, London SE1 8UJ https://www.ujclub.co.uk/. They should call the main booking office on 0207 902 6000 option 1 or email at abo@ujclub.co.uk quoting reference number 119487.

Cost:  Per night  £88 single ensuite / £155 double ensuite.  - Hot buffet Breakfast £9

Conference Dinners

There will be a pre-conference buffet on Friday 26th October and a Conference Dinner on Saturday 27th October, both at the Union Jack Club.  The Buffet cost is £25 per head (including a welcome drink) and the Dinner cost is £45 per head. The dinner cost includes a 3 course meal and 1/3 bottle of wine. A pay bar is available at both events.

Attendees should purchase tickets for these events from Sarah Gunn at the WFA Office: - office@westernfrontassociation.com


Enquiries about the administrative aspects of the conference should be addressed as follows:

Ticketing: the Secretary General of the BCMH Mr Andy Grainger secgen@bcmh.org.uk

Programme: Dr Dan Whittingham d.whittingham@bham.ac.uk.

Conference Venue: Colin Wagstaff of WFA colin_wag@hotmail.com

Accommodation and Catering Sarah Gunn of WFA  - office@westernfrontassociation.com

The conference is being financially underwritten and subsidised by the British Commission for Military History and the Western Front Association ie being undertaken on a not-for profit basis.

Further details and booking details for the Conference are here  Booking Instructions


Image details


Bernard Adeney 1878-1966
English: A Mark V Tank Going Into Action
image: The rear view of a Mark V tank climbing over broken ground, the front of the tank raised up at a sharp angle. The exhaust pipe runs from front to back over the top of the tank, and a cloud of exhaust fumes emerge at the end. There are three soldiers in the distance to the left of the tank, one to the right, and another in the right foreground.
Date  (First World War)
Source http://media.iwm.org.uk/iwm/mediaLib//137/media-137761/large.jpg


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