It’s been a while to say the least, but I’ve been inspired by recent events to get back into the swing of writing my blog posts. I’ll be starting my writing again with a special blog post for ANZAC day, about the time the 5th Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade spent on Cannock Chase duringContinue reading “Anzac Day Special : The New Zealanders on Cannock Chase”
When you’re a historian of the First World War, there isn’t much that doesn’t interest in you. From details of large scale offensives, to the fine details that you find when only reading through a war diary. And it is one of these details that has piqued my interest today and resulted in this blogContinue reading “War Diary Discoveries”
As 2020 draws to a close and we welcome in 2021, to get myself back into writing again, I thought I’d just take the time to do a short post on what 2020 has meant for me. It has been a year of trials and tribulations, but there have been some moments of joy andContinue reading “Musings on 2020…”
November is a peculiar month. The wonderful colours of autumn are mostly gone, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting colder. It also isn’t quite close enough to Christmas to start getting the decorations out or embracing the Christmas music (however tempting!). Regardless of this, November is also a very special month,Continue reading “Remember in November…”
1914 saw the start of a conflict that was unlike any other up to the point in time. A war involving countries from around the world, pitting the largest European powers against each other. For the British, this manifested in the many months and years of fighting in France and Belgium, and other parts ofContinue reading “The Worcesters at Gheluvelt: 31st October 1914”
As a military historian, battlefield enthusiast and all-round history nerd(!) I take great pleasure in going to the Western Front with and without groups to discover new places and new stories. As a battlefield guide, I have spent many a rainy and windy day telling students about the First World War and hope to doContinue reading “My favourite time to guide…”
As you will be well aware by now, I have been highlighting some of the key battles that the 46th (North Midland) Division participated in during the First World War. So far, I have written about Gommecourt in 1916, Lens in 1917 and the St Quentin Canal in 1918. For this particular blog post, weContinue reading “46th (North Midland) Division at the Hohenzollern Redoubt”
In previous posts about the 46th (North Midland) Division, I have often highlighted the, what I believe to be, unfair assessments made of the division’s capabilities after the attack on the village of Gommecourt on 1st July 1916. The reputation of having ‘a lack of offensive spirit’ followed the division until almost the end ofContinue reading “46th (North Midland) Division – Battle of the St Quentin Canal – 29th September 1918”
Due to there being a large number of significant events in September, this post had to be split in two parts. This is Part 2, make sure not to miss Part 1! 1916 1st – Bulgaria declares war on Romania. 3rd – The Battle of Guillemont – a phase of the Battle of the SommeContinue reading “What happened during the First World War? – September Part 2”
This is Part 1 of 2 in highlighting key dates of the First World War in September. I have had to split up September as there was simply too much that happened during that month throughout the war, and the posts will still be incredibly long! 1914 1st – The Action at Néry took placeContinue reading “What happened during the First World War? – September Part 1”
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