The Great War Interviews: 12. Edward Louis Spears


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Born in Paris to British parents, Edward Louis Spears first became the liaison officer between Field Marshall Sir John French and General Charles Lanrezac, commander of the French Fifth Army, in August 1914. In this month General Lanrezac made a sudden decision to retreat - a manoeuvre that would have left the British forces on his flank dangerously exposed. Edward urgently reported this to Sir John French who called off a British advance the night before it was due to commence - and in doing so prevented a massive loss of life.


Channel: BBC (Archive)

First Air Date: 10 Mar 2014

Duration: 51 mins


Collection: The Great War Interviews (13 episodes)

A collection of interviews with World War One veterans and civilians filmed in the 1960s for the landmark BBC series The Great War.



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