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REGISTRATION 27/28 October 2018 Conference – Forgotten Victory 1918

27th October 2018 - 28th October 2018

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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.  The social and residential venue, for the evenings of Fri 26 Oct and Sat 27 Oct, is the popular Union Jack Clubnear Waterloo Station.

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.


Sat 27 Oct - Conference programme

08:45 Doors open for registration. Tea and coffee available.
09:30 Intro and Welcome

  • Keynote 1: Gary Sheffield British and Dominion Conscripts - Forgotten Soldiers in a Forgotten Victory
  • Panel 1: 'At The Sharp End'
    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

Sandwich lunch: selection of breads with egg and cress, tuna mayonnaise and watercress, salmon and cream cheese, Coronation chicken, mature cheddar and Branston pickle, roast beef and horseradish cream plus crisps, seasonal fruit bowl and freshly brewed tea and coffee

  • Panel 2: 'Forgotten Allies?'
    Sebastian Lukasik Perfecting Attrition: The U.S. 2nd Division in the Champagne Offensive, Sep-Oct 1918
    William Philpott Forgotten Victors: General Marie-Eugène Debeney and the French First Army in the Hundred Days’ Campaign
    David Zabecki The Race to Sedan, 6-7 Nov 1918
  • Keynote 2: Jonathan Boff Why did Germany Lose?

Day ends: 16:40
Paying Bar open in the Club’s drawing room

Sun 28 Oct - Conference programme

08:45 Doors open for 09:30 start.
Tea and coffee available.

  • Keynote 3: Chris Pugsley The New Zealand Division in 1918
  • Panel 3: 'Building Blocks'
    Linda Parker The Role of the Royal Army Chaplains Department in the last campaigns of the First World War
    Geoffrey Vesey Holt 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

Sandwich lunch: selection of breads with egg and cress, tuna mayonnaise and watercress, salmon and cream cheese, Coronation chicken, mature cheddar and Branston pickle, roast beef and horseradish cream plus crisps, seasonal fruit bowl and freshly brewed tea and coffee.

  • Panel 4: 'Forgotten Fronts'
    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
  • Keynote 4: Jessica Meyer When Tommy Came Limping Home: Caring for the British War Disabled After 1918

16:00 Vote of thanks and future plans
Conference ends 16:15

How to book your conference places

Prices per person per day: £45 BCMH or WFA members, £30 students with valid ID, £60 non-members and non-students. The price includes tea/coffee on arrival and the sandwich lunch.

To book (only via the Internet): Eventbrite conference booking page

Social events

Optional social events have been arranged at the Union Jack Club, for the evenings of Fri 26 Oct and Sat 27 Oct. These are a Buffet Reception (Friday) and a Gala Dinner (Saturday). Vegetarian options will be available. The dress code is smart casual.

Fri 26 Oct - pre-conference Buffet Reception £25
18:30 Union Jack Club Bar open
19:00 Welcome drink and launch of reprint of 'To Win A War' by John Terraine with an appraisal by Gary Sheffield
19:30 Buffet dinner (menu below)
20:30 Talk: Rob Thompson The secret move of the Canadians from Ypres to Amiens
Two-course Buffet menu (alternatives available for vegetarians)

  • Braised Ox Cheek Limousin in a Guinness Sauce, served with Vichy carrots and green beans, fondant potatoes, dinner rolls, butter and leaf salad
  • Apple pie with whipped cream

Sat 27 Oct - Gala dinner £45, inc wine
19:00 Bar open
20:00 Gala Dinner (menu below)
After Dinner speaker: Jack Sheldon
Three-course dinner menu (alternatives available for vegetarians)

  • Scottish Smoked Salmon, cucumber and horseradish cream
  • Truffled Norfolk chicken breast with sherry sauce, Chantenay carrots, Bubble and Squeak
  • Mango Bavarois, ginger honeycomb or Crumble with passion fruit sauce
  • 1/3rd bottle of wine

How to book your social events

Please contact Sarah Gunn at the WFA. Either by phone on 020 7118 1914 or via email at office@westernfrontassociation.com


The WFA have arranged rooms overnight at the Union Jack Club in Waterloo for the nights of Fri 26 Oct and Sat 27 Oct. The cost per room per night is: £88 single ensuite or £155 double ensuite. Hot buffet breakfast is £9. On Sun 28 Oct, you can check out after immedately breakfast and take your bag to the Army & Navy Club, where it can be stored in the Bag Room until the end of the conference.

How to book your rooms

Please phone the Union Jack Club on 020 7902 6000 option 1 quoting code 119487.


If you have any enquiries, please contact the following people:

The conference is arranged by:
British Commission for Military History, 15 Stafford Way, Bradford BD10 0UT
Western Front Association, BM Box 1914, London WC1N 3XX Registered charity: 298365



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.


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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