The Riddles of Wipers


An Appreciation of the Trench Journal “The Wipers Times”

By: John Ivelaw-Chapman
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781848841918
Published: 21st January 2010
RRP / Print Price: £12.99

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The Riddles of Wipers

The Wipers Times was the Private Eye of the Ypres Salient during WW1. 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, humour-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. 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.

 




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