Richard van Emden tells the story of what happened when Britain and Germany - nations with long-established ties of culture and friendship - clashed on both the Western and the Home Fronts during the Great War. From the first British casualty of the war, an elderly language teacher mortally wounded as he attempted to leave Germany, to the account of the only British prisoner temporarily released by the Kaiser to visit his dying mother, Richard has unearthed remarkable human stories of two peoples divided by war. From the story of how British prisoners of war were sent to work in the Russian snow, to the raising of the ‘Kaiser’s Own’, two British battalions of English born children of German extraction, Richard touches on stories that have never been told before.
We meet on the second Tuesday in the month at the National Star, College, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, GL53 9QU at 7.30pm.
All are welcome!
A donation of £3.50 (£1.50 for students) would be greatly appreciated