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Postcards from the Trenches : Images from the First World War

By: Roberts, Andrew(Introduction by)

Part of the Postcards from... series
1851243917 / 9781851243914
Hardback
940.4
01/05/2008
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United Kingdom
170 x 126 mm, 278 grams 112 pages, 106 Illustrations, color
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The First World War was unique in being fought largely in trenches.

Men ate, slept, fought, played, sang, prayed, and died in the trenches.

This book brings together a collection of postcards which portray this strange subterranean world in its various manifestations. The cards have been selected to show how life progressed from day to day in and out of the trenches.

We see wounded men smiling obligingly for the camera; others appear to be suffering from the onslaught of boredom.

Some take part in a mock party with very meagre provisions.

One image shows a group of men kneeling to receive communion before going into battle. The tone of postcards encompasses the range of human experience, from sombre realism to light-hearted humour.

There is also the soldier's good-natured lightly smutty card. This is a fascinating insight into the everyday lives and behaviour of the men who fought one of the most gruesome wars in history.

BIC:

3JJF c 1914 to c 1918 (including WW1) , HBJD European history, HBWN First World War, JWL War & defence operations

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