The Greater War: Conflict Beyond Flanders’ Fields, 1914-1918

The Greater War: Conflict Beyond Flanders’ Fields, 1914-1918

19 October 2012

A Conference organised by the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College

Convenors: Professor Ashley Jackson & Dr Jonathan Krause

Purpose: As the centenary of the First World War approaches institutions across Britain and around the world have begun to think about how best to commemorate this auspicious occasion. Most of the events will be focused on the British army and their main efforts in France and Flanders. The purpose of this conference is to focus on aspects of the war that fall outside of that well-worn remit. We have gathered together an international range of experts on nations and theatres not often covered in the British dialogue about the war for what will be an interesting day based on cutting edge research

Conference Schedule

Registration tea/coffee: 09.30 – 10.15

Opening Remarks: 10.15 – 10.30

France: 10.35 – 12.20

Dr Simon House (King’s) – French Army in the Ardennes, 1914

Dr Tim Gale (King’s) – French tanks and the Chemin des Dames, 1917

Alex Bostrom (Oxford) – French artillery and industrial output

Lunch: 12.30 – 13.30

The Middle East and Other Fronts: 13.30 – 15.15 (parallel panel)

Dr James Kitchen (University College Dublin) – Britain’s Egypt Army

Dr Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen (LSE) – The India Army in the Middle East

Dr Vanda Wilcox (John Cabot University, Rome) – Training in the Italian Army

Germany: 13.30 – 15.15 (parallel panel)

Tony Cowan (Liverpool/King’s) – ‘I’ve never come across such an appalling unit’: German combat performance on the Western Front, 1916-1917

Dr Jonathan Boff (Birmingham) – The German Army in late 1918: A Flawed Paragon

Dr David Hall (King’s) – The Memory of the Trenches and the Rise of National Socialism in Bavaria

The Americas: 15.20 – 16.30

Dr Martin Robson (King’s) – Naval Policing of South America

Bryon Smith (King’s) – The Franco-American attack on Vaux, 1918

Afternoon Tea: 16.30 – 17.00

Keynote: 17.00 – 18.30

Professor William Philpott (King’s) – Attrition: How the War was Fought and Won

Drinks: 18.30 – 19.30

Dinner: 19.30

General Information: The conference is being held at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham. We are a secure site. Individuals interested in attending will need to RSVP by 12 October so that we can arrange for security clearance. There is limited capacity, so attendees will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to bring photo ID and to arrive in good time to allow for security. At the JSCSC we do operate a strict dress code of jacket and tie. Please, no exceptions.

Travelling to the site: Most individuals arriving on public transport will take the train to Swindon, and then the bus (the 66) to Shrivenham (the bus stops opposite the college). Attendees from Oxford can also take the 66 from Oxford to Shrivenham. Taxis are available at Swindon station and may provide a quicker means of transport for those interested.

Do note that parking is extremely limited. If you plan on driving to the conference please let us know, as we will need your car details (colour, make, model, registration) for security purposes.

Accommodation and Subsistence: Meals (lunch and dinner) will be eaten on site in the Victory Dining Room. The cost is nominal, no more than £2.50 for lunch and £4.00 for dinner, payable in cash. We do have a small number of rooms available. If you need a room for the 18th (Thursday) or the 19th (or both) please do let us know sooner rather than later so that we can accommodate you. The price for a room varies between £15 – £20 per night, depending on the room. This includes breakfast the next day in Victory Dining Room. Please note that there is no wireless connectivity in the college as of yet, and USB sticks are strictly forbidden.

Contacts: To book a place please contact either Bev Oliver or Karen Crouch ( Please provide your full name, title, and academic affiliation in the email.

For any other queries please contact Dr Jonathan Krause (

Location: Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham (King’s College London)

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