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A podcast hosted by Dr Tom Thorpe on all aspects of the Great War from the UK's leading First World War history society The Western Front Association (

A podcast hosted by Dr Tom Thorpe on all aspects of the Great War from the UK's leading First World War history society The Western Front Association (


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A podcast hosted by Dr Tom Thorpe on all aspects of the Great War from the UK's leading First World War history society The Western Front Association (




Ep279 – The Bucks Battalion in the Great War – Prof Ian Beckett

Professor Ian Beckett, Honorary Professor of Military History at the University of Kent, talks about the 1/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, during the Great War. His talk is based on the ‘Casualty Books’ of the unit which is a unique source as it gives details of 3,000 servicemen who served enlisted and served in the unit. […]


Ep278 – Hanham – Andrew Wood

Andrew Wood talks about his recent novel Hanham. It is based on the true story of three brothers who fought in the First World war and their family. Inspired by the purchase of a tobacco tin at auction, it tells the story of three brothers and their struggle to survive the turmoil of war and […]


Ep277 – The Friendly Invasion of Lewes in 1914 – Jonathan Vernon

Jonathan Vernon, Digital Editor for the WFA, talks about his research into Lewes during the opening months of the Great War. He focuses on the how the town coped with the deployment of the 22nd Division to the area and how it was billeted in local homes, public buildings and farm buildings. The research for […]


Ep276a – Walking the Western Front Way – Sir Anthony Seldon

Author, historian and educationalist, Sir Anthony Seldon talks about his new book ‘The Path of Peace’ which is his memoir of walking the Western Front Way in 2021. This route stretches 1,000 kilometres from Switzerland to the Channel Coast. The idea was inspired by a young British soldier of the First World War, Alexander Douglas […]


Ep276 – The assassination of Sir Henry Wilson – Ronan McGreevy

Author, historian, Irish Times reporter and videographer, Ronan McGreevy, talks about his recent book Great Hatred. This book, published by Faber, explores the assassination of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson that took place in 1922. Wilson was a prominent British Army officer and County Longford born MP who had a poor reputation amongst Irish nationalists. […]


Ep275 – Managing boredom in Salonika amongst British troops – Jake Gasson

Jake Gasson, a doctoral candidate at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, talks about his research into how British soldiers experienced and endured boredom as part of British forces deployed to Salonika. Soldiers endured long periods of little activity and suffered from non-combat hardships notably the harsh climate and endemic disease. Rather than fight, men spent […]


Ep274 – Fishermen’s involvement in the Great War – Dr Robb Robinson

Dr Robb Robinson, Honorary Research Fellow at the Blaydes Maritime Centre at the University of Hull, talks about British fishermen and their involvement in the Great War. He discusses the nature of operations in which fishermen participated and their contribution to the British war effort. Robb has authored five books and contributed to a range […]


Ep273 – The German Army in October 1918 – Katherine Quinlan-Flatter

Historian and journalist Katherine Quinlan-Flatter talks about the German Army during the weeks of October 1918 before the Armistice in November. Katherine talks about how in September 1918, it is already clear for the German High Command of the Armed Forces that the Front can no longer be held. A ceasefire is requested by the […]


Ep272 – The political and social history of Ireland in WW1 – Dr Niamh Gallagher & Prof Richard Grayson

Dr Niamh Gallagher, University Associate Professor in Modern British and Irish History at the Faculty of History, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge and Professor Richard Grayson, Professor of Twentieth Century History, Head of History at Goldsmiths, University of London discuss Niamh’s recent book Ireland and the Great War. This is a a new social […]


Ep271 – Children and childhood in WW1 – Dr Viv Newman

Author and historian Dr Viv Newman about her research into children and childhood during the Great War. She explores how the war affect children across Europe, how some children became combatants and what impact the war had on children in the 1920s and 1930s. Viv is a social historian with a particular interest in children […]


Ep270 – Gas Warfare during WW1 – Rocky Salmon

WFA European Officer Rocky Salmon talks about gas warfare during the Great War. Rocky talks about the types of chemical agents used, their efficacy and tactics used by combatant forces to deploy gas. He also talks about the effectiveness of counter measures, such as gas masks. Finally, he concludes with an analysis of the legacy […]


Ep269 – The Netherlands during WW1 – Pauline Onderwater

PhD student Pauline Onderwater talks about her doctoral research into the Netherlands during the Great War. In the interview, she talks about how the war affected the daily lives of Dutch citizens and how the country navigated neutrality between the Central Powers and the Entente. She also considers the social, political and economic impact of […]


Ep268 – Richard Aldington and the Great War – Dr Viv Whelpton

Dr Viv Whelpton talks about the life and service of Great War poet Richard Aldington. Aldington (1892-1962) was an English writer and poet who is best known for a semi-autobiographical novel the Death of a Hero, published in 1929. Viv was formerly a teacher and is now a Great War historian and author. She has […]


Ep267 – Morale in the BEF on the Western Front, 1917-8 – Dr Alex Mayhew

Dr Alex Mayhew, a historian of the cultural, military, and social history of war and also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, talks about his research into the morale of the British soldier in the final 18 months of the Great War. He and the host, talk about their respective perspectives on morale and motivation […]


Ep266 – The US 103rd Regiment in WW1 – Jonathan Bratten

Jonathan Bratten talks about his history of the US 103rd Regiment during the Great War. The 103rd was a National Guard unit drawn from New England and saw action with the American Expeditionary Force in the US 26th Division. His book is titled To the Last Man: A National Guard Regiment in the Great War, […]


Ep265 – The Indian Army in WW1 – Dr Andrew Jarboe

Historian and teacher Dr Andrew T. Jarboe talks about his recent book Indian Soldiers in World War I: Race and Representation in an Imperial War, published by University of Nebraska Press in 2021. In this interview, Andrew argues that Indian soldiers contributed decisively to the British Empire’s final victory in the war. He suggests that […]


Ep264 – 1917, The Darkest Year – Dr Spencer Jones

Dr Spencer Jones talks about The Darkest Year, a collection of essays he edited on the British Army fighting on the Western Front in 1917 during the Great War. The volume covers a wide range of subjects including grand strategy, tactical development and training, maintenance of morale and the importance of intelligence gathering. It also […]


Ep263 – The German colonies in WW1 – Prof Matt Fitzpatrick

Historian Professor Matt Fitzpatrick, Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University in Australia, talks about his research into the fate of two Imperial German colonial possessions, German Cameroon and German Samoa, in the opening months of the Great War. He discusses why Germany acquired them, how Germany administered them […]


Ep262 – WW1 Officers facing disgrace in 1920s courtrooms – Dr Frances Hurd

Historian Dr Frances Hurd talks about her research into officers who fall foul of the law in the 1920s. She examines three officers who found themselves in the courts after the war. Charles Reid Wodehouse appeared in court on various charges, including passing dud cheques, impersonation, staying in fashionable hotels and restaurants under a false […]


Ep261a – In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War – Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy

In this special podcast, I talk to historian and photographer Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy about the launch of his book In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War. The two-volume book chronicles and explains the historical events of the Great War through photos taken by the author one hundred years later, between 2014 and 2021, in each and every theatre […]