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From Flanders to Helmand: a study of chaplaincy and change in the British Army, 1914-2014 Helmand Chaplain

On 27, Jan 2017 | No Comments | In | By Voices

From Flanders to Helmand: a study of chaplaincy and change in the British Army, 1914-2014

Canon Professor Michael Snape, Durham University, and Dr Victoria Henshaw, University of Birmingham

This article examines questions of continuity and change in the religious experience of armed conflict, taking as its subjects the chaplains of the British Expeditionary Force (or B.E.F.) in France and Belgium between 1914 and 1918, and the mainly British component of Task Force Helmand (or T.F.H.) between 2006 and 2014. Drawing on evidence from both periods, including specially donated manuscript material and twenty-nine interviews with serving army chaplains, all of whom are veterans of Helmand, its findings reveal a remarkable degree of continuity between the experiences of chaplains in two very different operational contexts.

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Harsh Realities: The British Army and the Problem of 1915 Harsh Realities: The British Army and the Problem of 1915 Harsh Realities: The British Army and the Problem of 1915

On 23, Dec 2015 | No Comments | In | By Voices

Harsh Realities: The British Army and the Problem of 1915

Dr Spencer Jones, University of Wolverhampton

At the beginning of 1915 Great Britain found herself locked into a major European war for the first time in over a century. This was a situation for which the country was not strategically, militarily, economically or psychologically prepared.

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Archibald Allan Bowman’s war experience Archibald Allan Bowman’s war experience Archibald Allan Bowman’s war experience

On 06, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In | By Voices

Archibald Allan Bowman’s war experience

Dr Jennifer Novotny, University of Glasgow

The First World War centenary is a time to reflect upon those individuals whose lives were forever impacted by the events of 1914-18. While there is a strong emphasis on remembering those who died, it is equally important to consider those who survived to become the living legacy of conflict.

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The Recapture of Gheluvelt, 31 October 1914

On 25, Nov 2014 | No Comments | In | By Voices

The Recapture of Gheluvelt, 31 October 1914

Dr Spencer Jones, University of Wolverhampton

The First Battle of Ypres

In October 1914 the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was locked into a battle for survival. Fighting alongside her French and Belgian allies, the British Army sought to hold off a massive German offensive that aimed to capture the last sliver of unoccupied Belgium before driving onwards towards the strategically vital Channel ports of Dunkirk and Calais.

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