HOME FOR CHRISTMAS : CARDS, MESSAGES AND LEGENDS OF THE GREAT WAR.

Scott, Peter T.


£20.00




1st ed., 1993. 66 pp., photo-ills., + cold., + b&w ills. D.j., 21 x 27cm. FINE. This book tells what it was like on all the First World War fronts at Christmas be that in the trenches of the Western Front or the heart of the desert in Mesopotamia and elsewhere, as men who sorely missed Home and Family at this special time of year celebrated with their pals in any way they could. The greater part of this book is taken up with illustrations – from the originals – of some sixty divisional and regimental Christmas cards of the Great War which are amusing and historically illuminating and which were sent home by men at the front. The text was based on original documents – letters and diaries of soldiers speaking for themselves – and also incorporates a history of the growth of Christmas greetings cards and how they had mushroomed in popularity before 1914, as well as a potted history of the achievements of the army postal service in the war.


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