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School of Arts and Media

Dr Brian Hall

Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Contemporary Military & International History


Introduction to Contemporary Military History 1 & 2 (Level 4)

International History 1 & 2 (Level 4)

Airpower & Modern Warfare (Level 5)

First World War (Level 6)

Strategic & Security Studies (MA)

Research Interests

I am a historian of modern war and conflict with a particular interest in contemporary British and European military history, specializing in the history of the First World War, the history of technology and the British Army

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, Modern European History (University of Salford, 2010)

PGDE, Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (University of Bolton, 2012)

Councillor, Army Records Society

Member, Royal Historical Society


Communications and British Operations on the Western Front, 1914-1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

‘The Development of Tank Communications in the British Expeditionary Force, 1916-1918’, in Alaric Searle (ed.), Genesis, Employment, Aftermath: First World War Tanks and the New Warfare, 1900-1945 (Solihull: Helion, 2015), pp. 136-62

‘Technological Adaptation in a Global Conflict: The British Army and Communications beyond the Western Front, 1914-1918’, Journal of Military History, 78 (2014), pp. 37-71

‘The British Army and Wireless Communication, 1896-1918’, War in History, 19 (2012), pp. 290-321

‘The “Life-Blood” of Command? The British Army, Communications and the Telephone, 1877-1914’, War & Society, 27 (October 2008), pp. 43-65