Cheltenham Western Front Association


Meetings are normally held at The National Star College, Ullenwood Manor, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, GL53 9QU

Jul 11 2017 A Moonlight Massacre: The night operation on the Passchendaele Ridge,2 December 1917
Popularly known as ‘Passchendaele’, the infamous Third Battle of Ypres was the British Empire's major military effort for 1917. Launched in Belgium on 31 July of that year, the great offensive was terminated by the British high command in mid-November after three and one-half months of fierce fighting. However, one more large-scale attack, ignored in most of the related literature, was sanctioned for early December with tragic consequences.
Michael LoCicero
Aug 8 2017 British Forces in Italy 1917-18
Dale’s talk describes how Italy's war with Austro-Hungary led to British deployment, the challenging conditions of the Alpine front, the defensive action of Asiago on 15 June 1918, crossing the Piave River and the final victory at the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, and the 48th Division advance through mountains.
Dale Hjort
Sep 12 2017 The New Crusaders - The Americans at the Meuse-Argonne
The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne remains the single largest and bloodiest battle ever fought by the American Army.  The Americans suffered around 122,000 casualties, a figure increasingly challenged as a very conservative estimate, with a disproportionate loss rate in the first eight days.  With the bulk of American divisions never having seen action before, the men of President Wilson’s ‘Great Crusade’ launched an offensive hampered by rudimentary training, faulty doctrine and inexperience in the ‘All Arms’ battle, over terrain that provided formidable natural defences. This talk examines the American performance that resulted in a costly but important victory.
David Williams
Oct 10 2017 Take Three Girls
Along with photos, Helen will give accounts of three girls from very different backgrounds,
who acted out their vital part during The Great War, in their own particular way.
Helen Earle
Nov 14 2017 Meeting the Enemy: The human face of the Great War
Richard tells the story of what happened when Britain and Germany - nations with long-established ties of culture and friendship - clashed on both the Western and the Home Fronts during the Great War. From the first British casualty of the war, an elderly language teacher mortally wounded as he attempted to leave Germany, to the account of the only British prisoner temporarily released by the Kaiser to visit his dying mother, Richard has unearthed remarkable human stories of two peoples divided by war. From the story of how British prisoners of war were sent to work in the Russian snow, to the raising of the ‘Kaiser’s Own’, two British battalions of English born children of German extraction, Richard touches on stories that have never been told before.
Richard van Emden
Dec 12 2017 Members’ Evening
For our December meeting we draw on the side and varied expertise and knowledge of our Branch members. We will have ten minute presentations on a Great War related subject of their choice.


To The National Star College:

By car:
Via the M4, M5 or other roads shown below (click on map to download a bigger version).
The site entrance is on Ullenwood Manor Road, off Leckhampton Hill. Once on site, follow signs for visitors and disabled parking. Park and follow signs at the rear of the car park for reception.

Star College

By rail:
Cheltenham and Gloucester stations are both about 15 minutes away from Ullenwood, and there are generally taxis available.