In February 1916, Captain F. J. Roberts of the 12th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters produced the first edition of the trench newspaper, "The Wipers Times". Often produced in hazardous conditions, at one point only 700 yards from the front line, the newspaper acted as the voice of the average British soldier, relaying his experiences, grief and anger during the entire conflict. This collection lifts the best of the long-forgotten poems, rhymes and limericks reproduced in the magazine. At times irreverent, at times powerfully evocative, the poems provoke laughter with a lump in the throat and offer an excellent insight into life in the trenches in the First World War. Taking its name from the army slang for Ypres, where it was first produced, "The Wipers Times" was similar to "Punch", but contained a more specific type of comedy relating exclusively to the soldiers on the Western Front. The satire and humour of the paper helped reinvent the situation in the trenches—diffusing the conditions of war by ridiculing and exaggerating them. The paper's style was influenced by the difficulties of production. Articles had to be written in the limited free time the soldiers had; in dugouts, reserve lines or on rest. The paper ran until December 1918, adopting such titles as "The New Church Times", "The Somme Times", "The BEF [British Expeditionary Force] Times" and, finally, "Better Times" produced when the war had ended.
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Book Description Little Books Ltd, London, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. xx+192pp. Within the terrible trenches of the Western Front, men found solace in the funny side of what no-one disputes was a seriously unfunny war. The leading newspaper was The Wipers Times. First issued in February 1916 near the guns of the Ypres Salient, it was founded by two infantry officers of the North Midlands battalion, F.J. Roberts and J.H. Pearson,using a printing press salvaged from the ruins. A collection of the best jewels of poetry, humourous articles, comic advertisements, literary gems and music-hall parodies. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15098280452
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