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‘A Sting Of Remembrance!’: Collective Memory And Its Forgotten Armies

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Focusing on the story of the ?forgotten? British army of the Balkan front this chapter explains exactly the feeling of exclusion from public memory, the reasons behind it, and the veteran soldiers? reactions to it. The background of the history of the memory of the Balkan front opens a new window of research that helps the better understanding of the ways in which popular images and memory were constructed within the context of the First World War. After a description of the processes though which the Balkan front soldiers?and then veterans?felt that public opinion sidelined them, the chapter examines the reasons that led to the actual exclusion of the Balkan front experience from the British popular memory of the war. Finally, it looks at the means employed by the veteran soldiers to counteract that feeling of having served in an army that had been forgotten.

Keywords: Balkan front soldiers; British popular memory; First World War; forgotten British army; public memory; veteran soldiers



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