The Trenches – a NFB video

This animated short by Claude Cloutier is a pictorial account of an attack on Canadian soldiers during WWI. On the edge of the battlefield, recruits are dreading the order to attack. At the signal, a young soldier leaps into a hell of fire and blood where the earth engulfs both the living and the dead. Blending archival images and Cloutier’s hypnotizing brushstroke, the film is a dazzling illustration of the futility of war.

Directed by Claude Cloutier – 2010

Nga Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails

Ngã Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails are free online guides and histories of First World War battle sites. The project makes it possible to walk in the footsteps of soldiers by providing accurate and lively commentary through an immersive smartphone and tablet app, web resources, and on-site information. To find out more, visit Ngã Tapuwae website. If you would like more information about the making and naming of the trails, you may wish to read this online article –

As part of Ngã Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails, we are very excited to announce the launch of the tablet and smartphone app – Ngã Tapuwae Gallipoli. This app gives virtual tours of the Anzac battle locations, historical images, soldiers’ stories and practical tips for visiting Gallipoli. We have posted about the app on our WW100 Facebook page and it is has also featured on Stuff.

We will also be releasing Ngã Tapuwae Western Front App towards the end of 2015.

Gallipoli Brochure (PDF, 1.7Mb)



Of words and war: Stanley Thomas

Published on 3 Mar 2015 by the Australian War Memorial

As part of “Of words and war: Poetry at the Memorial” the Photographs, Film and Sound section selected recordings of poems in the national collection to share with the Australian public. These have been accompanied by moving and still images from the AWM collection.

This poem is by Stanley Chapman Thomas, who recites it himself from memory, reflecting on how it felt for the men to have to leave their horse behind after the First World War.

Image courtesy the Australian War Memorial

Fourth WFA President’s Conference – 1915: A Year of Trial and Error, 27 June 2015

The conference features five key speakers:

  • “The Breakthrough that never was: German Plans for an Offensive on the Western Front in 1915?
    Dr Robert Foley
  • “The Worst Year: The French Army in 1915?
    Dr Jonathan Krause
  • “The Trench Warfare Department 1914 – 1915?
    John Sneddon
  • “Harsh Realities: The BEF’s Spring Offensives 1915?
    Dr Spencer Jones
  • “The Battle of Loos: Planning, Execution and impact on the BEF’s Learning Process”
    Dr Nick Lloyd


Tally Ho Conference Centre,
Edgebaston, Birmingham, B5 7RN

Saturday, 27 June 2015
10:00 – 17:00
Doors 9:15

Conference Fee: £30

This includes buffet lunch and tea/coffee on arrival, plus during morning/afternoon breaks.

To book and pay for your attendance online, visit the new WFA eShop.

Alternatively, to book by credit card, you can call also the WFA Office on: +44 (0) 207 118 1914.


Tally Ho Conference Centre,

Pershore Road


Birmingham, B5 7RN

Booking arrangements:

  • Places will be available on a first come first served basis and will be confirmed by email (or by post if specifically requested).
  • Lunch will be provided (vegetarian options will be available).
  • Full refunds will only be made if cancellation requests are received by the WFA office prior to 30 May 2015. After this date, no refunds will be made.
  • Car parking is available on site.
  • The first speaker will commence at 10.00am. Tea/Coffee available from 9.15am.
  • The address of the venue is: Tally Ho Conference Centre, Pershore Road, Edgebaston, Birmingham, B5 7RN.
  • The WFA reserves the right to change the speakers should circumstances dictate.
  • If you have any queries, please email or telephone the WFA Office on +44 (0) 207 118 1914.

Haig and 1915: conference and dinner

The Western Front Association, in association with Brasenose College, Oxford, is delighted to confirm its forthcoming event, “Haig and 1915″ on Wednesday March 11, 2015. This promises to be a wonderful occasion in a truly unique and beautiful setting.

Commencing at 2pm in the College Hall at Brasenose College, Oxford (Haig’s college when he was a student), Professor Gary Sheffield, Dr Spencer Jones and Clive Harris will be leading 3 hours of lectures and discussions focussing on 1915 and the career of Field Marshal Douglas Haig.

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See granny in a new light

This slogan invites people to search the new Red Cross archive WW1 online so I thought I’d give it a go. If you don’t know an individual name or want to find all the people who served in your area you can search on place names like Margate or on names of VAD hospitals like Fairfield. It also lists men as well such as Major Powell-Cotton from Quex Park in Birchington in Kent who worked tirelessly throughout the war to organise transport from the trains bringing the wounded into Margate or Ramsgate stations to the various VAD hospitals across the Isle of Thanet. Many local men acted as stretcher bearers or night orderlies. Even the Mayoress of Ramsgate found time to supervise the refreshments being handed out to the wounded soldiers at Ramsgate Town Station. Not all ladies were involved in nursing. Many helped in the kitchens or sorting the linen and supplies, other very important jobs. Continue reading See granny in a new light

Quiet corners of a Foreign Island – Part Two

Capuccini Naval Cemetery at Kalkara is a short walk from the Santa Rokku bus stop on Route 3. To return to Valletta catch the bus at the same stop where you alight as the bus does a loop around Kalkara before returning to Valletta a different way. The cemetery caretaker seemed very pleased to see me and urged me to sign the visitor book before I left. This cemetery contained an interesting mixture of graves dating from the late 1880s until the 1960s. Many women and children from naval families are also buried here. Continue reading Quiet corners of a Foreign Island – Part Two