[Cross posted at Birmingham “On War”]

Here are details of a conference where I will be delivering a paper on Leigh-Mallory’s First World War career.


Conference for Postgraduate and Early-career Historians

University of Sussex, Friday 19th November 2010

This conference, a collaboration between the British Commission for Military History, the Centre for War, Representation and Society, University of Sussex and the History of Warfare Research Group, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, provides an opportunity for advanced postgraduate and early-career academics undertaking research into the history of war to present their work to a wider audience and engage with the academic community in military history. The conference programme is attached, and includes twenty-four papers on aspects of the history of war from the early modern period to the modern, from a range of perspectives. Professor Richard Holmes, President of the British Commission for Military History, will give the keynote lecture.

The conference fee, which includes tea & coffee and lunch on the day, is £35 for registered research students and members of the BCMH and sponsoring institutions. The conference fee for all other delegates is £45.

If you wish to attend the conference please print out and return the form below and send it by Wednesday 10 November to:

Jonathan Boff,

Assistant Secretary General,

British Commission for Military History,

c/o Department of War Studies,

King’s College London,


London WC2R 2LS

For informal enquiries please contact the Assistant Secretary General at jonathan.boff@kcl.ac.uk

Conference Programme:

9:45 Registration

10:15 Introduction and Welcome

10:30 PANELS

Panel A1: Britain and Ireland

AARON GRAHAM (New College, Oxford): Warfare, Bureaucracy and the British Invasions of Ireland, 1689-91

ALAN DRUMM (UC Cork): Irish National Identity and the British Army 1880-1901

STEVEN O’CONNOR (UC Dublin): Irish Officers in the British Armed Forces, 1922-1950

Panel B1: Imagining War

GABRIELA FREI (Merton College, Oxford): Great Britain and Future Wars: The Debate on Britain’s Future Strategy between Inter-Service Rivalry and Integration, 1870 – 1914

CATRIONA PENNELL (Exeter): Imagining Future Wars: Experience and Understanding of Military Conflict, 1899-1914

NIMROD TAL (St Anne’s College, Oxford): ‘What this war was to America… the World War will one day be to Europe’: Britain, America and War in the Writings of Basil Liddell Hart and J. F. C. Fuller about the American Civil War

12:00 PANELS

Panel A2: Early Modern Warfare

NICOLAS FUNKE (Sussex): ‘A New Order of Soulless Men’ – mercenaries between stigma and stereotype in early modern Germany

ADAM MARKS (St Andrew’s): In the service of the Crown and Protestantism: English Soldiers in the Palatinate during the Thirty Years’ War

MICHAEL LEA-O’MAHONEY (Exeter): The English Civil War and the Navy

Panel B2: Total War I

DAN WHITTINGHAM (KCL): Charles Callwell and the Gallipoli Campaign

ROSS MAHONEY (Birmingham): The Forgotten Career of Major Trafford Leigh-Mallory, 1914-1918

BRIAN HALL (Salford): Technological Adaptation in a Global Conflict: The British Army and Wireless Communication during the First World War

1:30 Lunch


Panel A3: Irregular Warfare

MICHAEL FINCH (Pembroke College, Oxford):  Politics and pacification: Gallieni’s religious policy in Madagascar 1896-1899

JACOB STOIL (Worcester College, Oxford): The Best of “Friends” and the Worst of Allies: The Zionist Underground Paramilitary cooperation with the Imperial War Effort 1939-1945

ANDREAS KARYOS (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London): EOKA’s Counter-Intelligence in Cyprus 1955-1959

Panel B3: Total War II

CHRIS KEMPSHALL (Sussex): ‘They waited until we came, then they commenced’: British soldiers and other peoples’ truces in WW1

JULIE VALADE (Christ’s College, Cambridge): Military cooperation and political independence: the Deuxième Division Blindée, 1940-1945

DAVE BOYNE (Sussex): ‘Here, if anywhere, men should have been equal’: The importance of rank and privilege in surviving the Far Eastern POW experience

3:45 Tea/coffee


Panel A4: Representation and propaganda

SADIA MCEVOY (KCL): Britain’s Relationship with Islam during World War I

REBECCA SEARLE (Sussex): Art, Propaganda and the Experience of Aerial Warfare in Britain during the Second World War

IAN KIKUCHI (Imperial War Museum): A Shooting War: Combat photography in Burma 1944-45 and the study of military, social, and cultural history

Panel B4: After 1945

KATHLEEN FITZPATRICK (KCL): A Sign of the Times: The Transformation of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) from 1945-50

RORY CORMAC (KCL): ‘A Communist Behind Every Gooseberry Bush’: Assessing the Cold War Threat in Britain

DAVID EYLES (Sussex): If Heroes Did Not Exist it Would be Necessary to Invent Them’: Recognition and Reward Following the Falklands War 1982




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