Worcester Summer School 2012

Command, Control and Communications: The British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front, 1914-18

Friday 3 - Sunday 5 August 2012

As we approach the centenary of the First World War, and as we resume the nationally-acclaimed series of Summer Schools on 1914-18, questions remain concerning the operational effectiveness of the British Army on the Western Front and in particular, who knew what and when and who was responsible for military operations affecting British Army formations and units. Too many critiques of the British Expeditionary Force remain content to use hindsight as their guide. The 2012 Summer School, now relocated from Ludlow to Worcester, will consider strategic, operational and tactical levels at different phases of the war on the Western Front through the British Command Structure, from its first inception in 1914 to the sophisticated all-arms operations of the final victory.


Friday 3rd August

16:00 Arrival and Registration

18:00 Bar Opens

18:30 Dinner

19:30 Welcome and Introduction – What is C3I ?


Saturday 4th August

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Session I: A Company Commander at the Battles of Ypres, 1914

10:30 Coffee

11:00 Session II: A Battalion Commander at the Battle of Loos, 1915

12:30 Bar Opens

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Free time

16:00 Session III: A Brigade Commander at the Battles of the Somme, 1916

17:30 Bar Opens

18:00 Dinner

19:00 Military Command and Control in a Social Democracy:  The View of Some Writers and Poets

20:00 Conclude


Sunday 5th August

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Session IV: A Divisional Commander at the Battles of Ypres, 1917

10:30 Coffee

11:00 Session V: A Corps Commander at the Battle of Cambrai, 1917

12:30 Bar Opens

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Session VI: An Army Commander at the Battles of the Hindenburg Line, 1918

15:30 Tea and depart



  • Dr R.W. Bushaway




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