THE RIDDLES OF WIPERS:
An Appreciation of the Trench Journal The Wipers Times
NEW copy, trade paperback.
(Pen & Sword, 2010). Illustrated. 6x9, 208 pages.
~~~ The Wipers Times was the Private Eye of the Ypres Salient
during World War One. Edited, while under bombardment, by a battalion
commander in the Sherwood Foresters, written by soldiers actually in the
trenches and distributed by ration-wagon and ammunition-mule. the paper
bears vivid witness to the shocking realities of trench warfare. Yet for all the
occasional horror of its content, The Wipers Times was a gentle,
humor-filled and satirical paper which, once its codes are cracked and its
riddles solved, tells an interested reader much about the characters and
personalities of the men in the British Army of the First World War.
~~~ Interpretation of regular features such as the bogus music-hall
advertisements that feature in every issue, columns like ‘Answers to our
Many Correspondents’ and ‘Things We Want to Know’ and careful study
of some of the remarkable poetry published in the paper, explain to readers
what it was like to be there. The Mud, the Gas, the Shells; the Fear, the Courage,
the Humour and the Bitterness; much is revealed about these and many other
things in this remarkable book that unravels the eighty-year-old
Riddles of Wipers.
Second Division Association, THE INDIAN, Volume 1, Number 3. (A weekly newspaper
published by soldiers & Marines of the Second Division, Army of Occupation,
in Neuweid-on-the-Rhine, Germany in 1919).
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