Dienaar van twee meesters | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 132, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0040-7518
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1163



This article treats the work of the British Anglican, German Protestant and French Catholic military chaplains during the First World War. Based on a wide range of sources, the author aims to answer the question of whether these men experienced role tension. This is the tension between their religious and secular responsibilities; between their two masters: the church and the state. Especially British and German chaplains occasionally felt their secular ‘side jobs’ had a negative impact on their religious task. However, most had little difficulty integrating their work for God and their work for troop morale.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): church; First World War; military chaplains; morale; religion
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