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The British Army of the Rhine

Timeshift, Series 12 Episode 5 of 10

The affectionate story of British servicemen and their families who had to make Germany a home from home in the decades after the Second World War. For nearly 70 years, generations would grow up on bases with special schools, shops, housing and even their own radio station, as parts of the Rhineland became little bubbles of Britishness.

Featuring a nostalgic soundtrack of German language versions of period pop hits and contributions from military historians such as Max Hastings and former BBC sports commentator Barry Davies - himself a former British Army of the Rhine soldier - as well as those of military wives and children.

Once the frontline in the Cold War, the BAOR is now being called home as the Ministry of Defence begins preparations to finally pull British forces out.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 3 Dec 2013 23:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Executive ProducerMichael Poole
NarratorDenis Lawson
Series ProducerWilliam Naylor
ProducerFrancis Welch
DirectorFrancis Welch

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