My father Michael Lucas was the first published military historian in the family. His first book The Journey's End Battalion: The 9th East Surrey in the Great War - a through history of the 9th Battalion / East Surrey Regiment in WW1 - came out in 2012. Its title alludes to the most famous member of this unit, the playwright and screenwriter R.C. Sherriff - best-known as the author of Journey's End, widely acclaimed as the greatest theatrical work to emerge from the Great War. The play has been adapted for cinema several times, including in a German version (Die Andere Seite) prior to WW2, and a new version is due for release this year!

In this article my father revisits the book and supplies amendments and additions based on the additional information that has come to light since it was published.

In Fighting the Kaiser’s War we only had limited space to outline the events of the 1914 Christmas Truce on the front of XIX. Armeekorps, the only Saxon corps to be facing the British at the time. In this article I attempt to pin down the locations all of the known accounts from this front, showing which British units faced which German ones and how the sources match up. I will continue to update it as fresh information comes to light!

These lectures were written by Andrew Lucas to accompany the launch of Fighting the Kaiser's War at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 on 25th-26th April 2015. Each lecture was intended to be delivered on the appropriate day as part of the living history display. Unfortunately due to scheduling problems they had to be shelved.

The idea in each lecture was to give a snapshot of the events a century before in the immediate area (within a few miles of the museum), so effectively the subject matter of The Saxons at Zonnebeke with an even tighter focus. I readily admit that the first of the two lectures is both longer and stronger, simply because the events of 25th April were more dramatic. However the second clarifies some confusing aspects of the fighting around s'Gravenstafel which were still unclear to me when I wrote the supplement.

Lecture for Zonnebeke: 25th April 1915 (PDF document 143 kb)
Lecture for Zonnebeke: 26th April 1915 (PDF document 206 kb)