Made in the trenches, composed entirely from articles & sketches contributed by soldiers.  - Frederick Treves, Sir Frederick Treves

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Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Wanda
Recommended for: WWI book club
Read from September 22 to 24, 2014

WW1 Magazine Created by Soldiers (1916):

Description: A magazine-style book created in 1916 and composed entirely of articles and sketches contributed by British soldiers fighting on the front lines – a light-hearted and eclectic mix of stories, poems, cartoons and, littered at regular intervals throughout, a comic series of encyclopaedic entries for military terms. Although the editor George Goodchild states in his Editorial Note that his aim was “to give a really representative idea of the life and thought of the Army as a whole”, there is nothing on the pain and horrors the soldiers faced on a daily basis. This is perhaps not that surprising, given the timing of the book. With the war still raging and spirits in need of lifting, you get the sense that it’s been carefully edited to exclude anything too macabre and demoralising, though it still provides a fascinating glimpse into a special kind of humour that no doubt prevailed in and amongst the terrors experienced.

Reading this throughout the day has been a wonderful experience. In this collection there are sketches, cartoons, art, poems, essays, memories, pain and laughter: all from the lads and lassies, who were there at the time. It is not high literature but it is five star goodness.


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