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002: Autumn 1981 (September)


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'The BEF: The final verdict': a lecture by Prof John Bourne


Now that the Great War is more than a hundred years behind us, and after five years of centenaries, it is perhaps a good time to reflect on the overall performance of the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front.  The BEF, especially its generals, still has a bleak reputation.  Those seeking examples of military ineptitude often look no fur…