© Peter Hodgkinson 2016
Fear and Courage in Trench Warfare
Fear is natural in war, but the demand for courage is remorseless. What was the experience of the British soldier of fear, and were the social restrictions on its expression helpful or harmful? Similarly, did the traditional model of heroism and courage prove something that was helpful to live up to? Were those born in the late Victorian era handicapped by expectations of behaviour, or did they possess an advantage in contrast to modern methods of dealing with stress?
The BEF Infantry COs of August 1914
The British Army officer of the Edwardian era has been the subject of much criticism. But who were the men who took the battalions of the BEF to France and Flanders in 1914? What was their experience? How able were they? Are the criticisms fair?
Developing Battalion Leadership in the BEF 1916-
The British Army did not teach leadership in the pre-
Evolving Meritocracy in the BEF
The BEF in Mobile Warfare -
Fourth Army in The Battle of the Selle -
The Battle of the Selle is one of the forgotten battles of the Hundred Days campaign. In 1998, Paul Harris wrote in Amiens to the Armistice: ‘Almost no-
Coping with Death in the Trenches
How did the soldiers of the Great War cope with the omnipresence of death? Were they inevitably traumatised? Did they become inured to death? The talk explores this issue in relation to whether the prevalent attitudes of the period to emotional expression helped or hindered any process of adaptation.
Clearing the Dead 1919-
There is currently considerable interest in battlefield archaeology. Between the wars, however, a process similar to modern archaeology was carried out to attempt to unearth the missing and bury them properly in IWGC cemeteries. How was this done? Who did it? What were there experiences?
in the Trenches’
‘Fear and Courage
in the Trenches’
‘The Infantry COs of
In the BEF’
‘The BEF in
at the Selle’