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‘The … “parlez” is not going on very well “avec moi”’

Learning and Using ‘Trench French’ on the Western Front
  • Krista Cowman
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Languages at War book series (PASLW)

Abstract

On 24 August 1914, shortly after the outbreak of war, a Daily Express special correspondent, Percival Phillips, offered his readers a portrait of life ‘in a camp of the Expeditionary Force’ in France. With little combative action to report on to those eager for news from the front, Phillips’s article ‘Mr Atkins and his New Friends’ focused on the fascination that French life held for the regular soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), particularly the novelty of the language.

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Daily Mail Language Manual British Army Western Front British Soldier 
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