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Friends who became foes

Kaiser Wilhelm 2nd and the Earl of Lonsdale Photo: ITV Border

Much of the blame for World War One is often placed on the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm the second. But what's less known about him is his connection to what is now Cumbria and his great friendship before the war with the Earl of Lonsdale.

On a state visit to Penrith and the Lake District he was cheered by local people. But as war loomed the friendship broke down and Lord Lonsdale eventually formed his own army battalion to fight the Germans.

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