The British Army and the End of the First World War by Jonathan Boff

Wednesday 1st May 2019

On 1 May, the Society hosted a lecture by Dr Jonathan Boff entitled 'The British Army and the End of the First World War' at the National Army Museum in London.

Dr Boff, a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Birmingham and author of the recent book Haig's Enemy, adeptly discussed the performance of the British Expeditionary Force in 1918 for a packed house of SAHR members and military history enthusiasts. He outlined the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies on the Western Front as well as problems of logistics during the fast-moving Hundred Days Offensive. Dr Boff highlighted the importance of Allied operational flexibility and the shortcomings of the German command structure in contributing to the war's ultimate outcome.

Dr Boff's enlightening talk was followed by a wide-ranging Q&A session and discussion, reflecting on the difficulties of battlefield communications and the post-war demobilisation process. SAHR members continued the conversation at a convivial wine reception.

A recording of the lecture will soon be made available on the Society's YouTube channel.

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