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The Armies in 1914

The Armies in 1914

Last updated: 17 March 2014

15 March 2014, 10.30am - 5.30pm


In a series of talks from a range of distinguished historians, the National Army Museum in association with King’s College London and the British Commission for Military History (BCMH) will examine the state of preparedness of the armies of Europe on the eve of the First World War.

Discussing the latest thinking and reviewing first-hand accounts, our speakers will examine how the great powers and lesser-known states readied themselves for war. The strategic plans, military doctrine, social composition and equipment of the armies in 1914 are just some of the topics to be discussed.

Please note: Admission will be on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the event. Tickets are not required.


10.30-12.30 Britain’s Armies in 1914
  Brigadier (retd) Allan Mallinson
The Regular Army
  Professor Ian Beckett (University of Kent)
The Territorial Army
  Major (retd) Gordon Corrigan (BCMH)
The Indian Army
  Mr David Bownes (National Army Museum)
Raising the New Army
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 Britain’s Allies in 1914
  Professor William Philpott (King’s College London)
The French Army
  Mr Mario Draper (University of Kent)
The Belgian Army
  Mr Nik Cornish - TBC
The Russian and Serbian Armies
15.30-15.45 Tea and coffee
15.45-16.45 Britain’s Enemies in 1914
  Dr Robert Foley (King’s College London)
The German Army
  Professor Alan Sked (London School of Economics)
The Austro-Hungarian Army
16.45-17.30 Keynote: Major-General (retd) Mungo Melvin (BCMH)


Philip Bujak
11 December 2013, 5.12pm

Looking forward to this very

Looking forward to this very much.

sue crowder
28 December 2013, 1.03pm

looking toward to this event

looking toward to this event

Ron Weller
12 January 2014, 3.27pm

The programme looks

The programme looks interesting and should add to our understanding of the various European armies preparedness, looking to forward to what should be an enjoyable day.

Jane Burley
14 January 2014, 11.00am

Excellent programme to look

Excellent programme to look forward to and enjoy at the Army Museum.

charles bellamy
16 January 2014, 5.43pm

excellent Thursday lunch time

excellent Thursday lunch time programme and speakers. keep up the good work

a g belsey
3 February 2014, 3.05pm

looking forward to 15/3/2014

looking forward to 15/3/2014 talk

charles bellamy
6 February 2014, 5.40pm

looking forward to 15-3-14

looking forward to 15-3-14 talks

Tim Halstead
15 February 2014, 8.08pm

Excellent speakers on 15th

Excellent speakers on 15th March

17 February 2014, 10.16pm

Excellent speakers and an

Excellent speakers and an interesting format. I think there will be a lot of "compare and contrast" comments, e.g. regular with TA, regular with Indian Army. And Austria - Hungary modelled on Germany but with differences. Keynote speech will be a lot more than closing remarks!

Allison Parkes-Norris
18 February 2014, 9.26am

I edit the charity magazine

I edit the charity magazine for ABF The Soldiers' Charity and I am very much looking forward to these series of talks which will help me research my topics and magazine content.

WW Productions
27 February 2014, 3.12pm

Very interesting, sirs!

Very interesting, sirs!

Robert Side
27 February 2014, 3.13pm

As a historian working at

As a historian working at present on Devon War Memorials, occasional visits to London would be greatly enhanced by up to date information on activities at the NAM. Thank you.

Serkan Uyanikdeniz
27 February 2014, 3.15pm

What about Turk's.

What about Turk's.

Gary Wright
27 February 2014, 3.51pm

I will be there, trying to

I will be there, trying to attend as many WWI events as possible.

28 February 2014, 3.47am

This is a wonderful,

This is a wonderful, historical and educational website. Kudos!!

Chris Smith
13 March 2014, 2.10pm

looks a fascinating day. I

looks a fascinating day. I much regret being otherwise committed.

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