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)

In our book Fighting the Kaiser’s War: The Saxons In Flanders 1914-1918 (to be published by Pen & Sword in April 2015) 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. Temporary tacit ceasefires also occurred with the French on the front held by XXVII.Reservekorps north of the Menin Road, and one French source describes a brief episode of fraternisation on the northern part of that front earlier in December. However the prolonged trucing and mass fraternisation that took place at Christmas 1914 between the troops of XIX. AK and their opponents were not replicated in any other Saxon sector.