Today, Major James Cuffe would be described as a senior intelligence analyst. In 1917, his role at GHQ BEF was to examine German defences and predict how they would respond to British attacks. Fortunately for history, and our understanding of the Third Ypres, he kept copies of the key assessments that he wrote. This talk explores what they can tell us about British perceptions and decisions during that now infamous offensive.
Dr Jim Beach (University of Northampton) researches British intelligence during the First World War. He is the author of Haig’s Intelligence: GHQ and the German Army (2013) and a recently-published chapter on James Cuffe in a book about the BEF in 1917.