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Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945

Join historian and curator, Dr Peter Johnston, as he discusses the changing relationship between Britain and Germany and charts the gradual transition from foe to friend in this exclusive talk for u3a members on February 11th 2021 at 10:30am. 

2020 marked the end of an era for the British Army in Germany, as the last formed units return to the UK.

The British Army's relationship with Germany since the end of the Second World War in 1945 has been complex. From occupying a defeated country to standing on the front line in the Cold War, to deploying across the world, Britain's reasons for being in Germany have changed. But for 75 years, more than a million service personnel – and their families – have called it home.

Dr Johnston will reflect on the decades the Army spent in Germany, drawing on the extensive research that went into his new book, 'British Forces in Germany: The Lived Experience'. This book supports the Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945 exhibition at the National Army Museum. He will explore the peculiar and unique aspects of life in the German garrisons, and what the Germans thought of their British neighbours.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the talk. 

Dr Peter Johnston is Head of Collections Research and Academic Access at the National Army Museum. A military historian and curator, with a particular specialism in the British Army since 1945, Peter has also published on military culture, veterans and propaganda.


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