Dr Chris Kempshall, Teaching Fellow in European History at the University of Sussex, talks about his book on the relationships between soldiers in the British, French and American armies on the Western Front during the Great War. This is the subject of his first book published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr William Butler, Outreach Officer and Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent, talks about the post-war mutinies in the British Army. This lecture was given as part of the Antrim and Down WFA branch’s spring conference on the Consequences of War held on the 9 May 2019.
The diary of Gerald Achilles Burgoyne is a fascinating perspective of a pre-war regular officer serving in the early months of the Great War. He served as a company commander in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, and his diary covers his service with the unit around Ypres from November 1914 to May 1915. He […]
Dr Mario Draper, Lecturer in Modern British and European History at the University of Kent, discusses the mutiny of the Connaught Rangers in India in 1920. This lecture was given as part of the Antrim and Down WFA branch’s spring conference on the Consequences of War held on the 9 May 2019.
Book review: K.W. Noe, Reluctant Rebels: The Confederates Who Joined the Army after 1861 (Chapel Hill, 2010)
Kenneth Noe’s book examines those Confederate volunteers who were so-called ‘late enlisters’, those who joined the southern army after the rage militare of 1861 had died down. He estimates that 180,000 joined up after 1861 and this group of men are neglected by historians and stereotyped as hesitant non-slave owning farmers. His book aims to […]
Ep115 – English infantryman’s morale and the perception of crisis on the Western Front – Dr Alex Mayhew
Dr Alex Mayhew discusses his PhD that looked at the English infantryman’s morale and perception of crisis on the Western Front.
Dr Martin Purdy talks about chaplains and religion on the Western Front during the Great War.
Book Review: G. Hamilton, McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War (Infinity Publishing, 2015)
Gregory Hamilton’s revealing book examines the Project 100,000 personnel selection policy introduced by Secretary of State of Defense Robert McNamara during the Vietnam War. The programme formally accepted men into the army who were previous ‘disqualified for military service under previous mental [and physical] standards’ by lowering ‘test score[s] and educational standards’ required for service. […]
Michael Nugent talks about his book on the 36th Ulster Division during the German 1918 Spring Offensive, published by Helion.
Book Review – George Lepre, Fragging: Why U.S. Soldiers Assaulted Their Officers in Vietnam (Lubbock, Tx, 2011)
George Lepre’s excellent book is the first academic study into the Vietnam War phenomenon known as ‘fragging’, where US servicemen sought to murder other American soldiers using fragmentation grenades. He estimates there were up to 1,000 attacks that resulted in at least 57 deaths. His publication examines why soldiers perpetrated these crimes and how the […]