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British Expeditionary Force

From The Great War 1914-1918

The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) is primarily the first seven Divisions sent to France at the outset of the First World War and forming the "Contemptible Little Army." The "Expeditionary Force" was the term officially adopted some time before the war for the British contingent normally available for services overseas in the event of a European War, its normal strength being fixed at three divisions. It replaced the original term for the contingent, "The Striking Force," and in the war was applied to overseas contingents everywhere, for example: Egyptian Expeditionary Force, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, depeding on location.[1]

See also Old Contemptibles.

Chronological events

The following events form part of "The Great War: On this day" project. It has been primarily sourced from volumes 1, 2 and 3 of Chronology of the War (1918-1920), edited by Lord Edward Gleichen. The source material identifies concise, historical events in simple, chronological order.

1914

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.12.
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