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  • Belgian franc, Belgium's national currency before the introduction of the Euro as founding member of the monetary union
  • bovine ephemeral fever
  • British Expeditionary Force


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  • The BEF boasted only 10 divisions, half the Belgian contingent and a tenth of the French.

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  • Much of the British army was spread about the globe on imperial duty, but the British Expeditionary Force, or BEF—a contingent of six regular British infantry divisions and another division of cavalry—quickly crossed the Channel and took its place between the beleaguered Belgian and French militaries.

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  • Soon the BEF was joined by the British version of reserves, known as the Territorials.

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  • The Eco-Water bottle is made from a renewable resource, corn based PLA, that is also fully offset with EPA/BEF (Bonneville Environmental Foundation) wind power “Green Tags” – the bottle is fully biodegradable, recyclable, and fully carbon offset.

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  • There were a number of authors from various countries present, such as Peter Straub, Samuel R. Delany, Andrej Sapkowski (polish fantasy writer), Elía Barceló (Spanish SF and now slipstream writer, one of the only women who write SF in Spain), Javier Negrete (Spanish fantasy writer), BEF (Mexican comics and SF writer), etc.

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  • The Kaiser was reputed, almost certainly erroneously, to have referred to the BEF of 1914 as a ‘contemptible little army’: in fact another German appreciation of it at the time was as ‘a perfect thing apart’.

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  • Only when it was clear beyond a peradventure to even the dimmest of politico-military minds what Hitler was up to did we finally buckle down to creating a new BEF.

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  • Then its commanders had finally cracked the puzzle of how to defeat the machine gun the howitzer and the trench mortar and the BEF swept across Northern France and Belgium pushing the defeated German Army back towards the German border.

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  • November of that year, the BEF would have been marching in triumph up Unter den Linden in Berlin by Christmas.

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  • Only a series of timely decisions by BEF Commander Lord Gort VC and the commander of II Corps, Lt. General Alan Brooke, the skilled and determined operations of the Royal Navy off the beaches of Dunkirk and La Panne and the unseen work of the RAF in the skies above the evacuation ports and beaches saved us from utter defeat.

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