When the men of the British army reached the Western Front during the First World War they were placed into close proximity with soldiers in their allies' armies. The relationships between these men swung between hostile and comradely. The interactions between British and French soldiers in particular would undergo many changes with its highest point coming around the Somme in 1916. The battles of 1918, however, would leave the British isolated and spurned by their allies. In this talk Dr Chris Kempshall will examine the various ways that British soldiers interacted with their allies and the effect this would have on the war effort.
Dr Chris Kempshall (University of Sussex)
Reading Room, In Flanders Fields Research Centre, Sint Maartensplein 3, 8900 Ieper
This event is part of the First World War Seminar Series organised by In Flanders Fields Museum and Gateways to the First World War. All seminars are free and open to all. The full seminar programme is published here.
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