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Who were the British Expeditionary Force and what role did they play in World War 1?


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Possibly the finest army the British ever sent to war. WW1 expenditure in manpower was great & by 1915 Conscription was essential to replace those that were killed. they fought & died in Flanders, Belgium at places such as Ypres & Le Cateau. Initially the German advances were great & the British were forced to retreat, as were the French. It soon became apparrent that the cavalry would have a very limited role in the way the war was going to be fought, despite the wishes of the Generals who thought otherwise in many cases. Artillery was used to batter defenses & Infantry fighting was essential: Trench warfare produced stalemate & attrition. And all of this would last for over 4 years.....