New research released by Forces Network shows significant knowledge gaps for the public over military activity by the UK since 1945.
According to the report, 85% of Britons are not aware of more than half of the conflicts which the British Armed Forces have been involved in since the Second World War.
Similarly, more than a third (37%) are unaware of any of the conflicts which the British Armed Forces are currently involved in.
The report also discovered 92% did not know more than 7,000 of our Armed Forces have died in wars and conflict, (both combat and peacekeeping missions) since the Second World War.
Ahead of Remembrance Day, the research was conducted to mark the launch of the Forces Network’s Remembrance map.
The map was created to identify and commemorate all the conflicts which British Armed Forces have been involved in since the First World War.
The hope is that the interactive map will help the public gain a deeper understanding of the commitments made by our nation’s service personnel.
Ian Beckett, Honorary Professor of Military History from the University of Kent, partners in the Remembrance map said:
“There is understandable emphasis upon the commemoration of the two world wars with the ongoing centenary of the Great War and of the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. The public is also aware of recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“The significance and value of the Remembrance Campaign is that it reminds us of those many other occasions since 1914 on which servicemen and women have made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of this country.”
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