This book is an international comparative study of the British, German and French military chaplains during the First World War. It describes their role, position and daily work within the army and how the often conflicting expectations of the church, the state, the military and the soldiers effected these. This study seeks to explain similarities and differences between the chaplaincies by looking at how the pre-war relations between church, state and society influenced the work of these army chaplains.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Studying Chaplains at War 2. Church, State and Nation in 1914 3. Religious Justifications of War 4. The Chaplaincies in 1914 5. Welcome to the War: the Mobilisation of the Chaplains 6. The Chaplain within the Ranks 7. Chaplains on the Battlefield 8. Hopes and Disappointments: Reflections on the War Effort
Hanneke Takken is researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Military History.