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Letter censorship on the front line

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Letter censorship on the front line

By Anthony Richards-30 May 2014 Keeping the Home Front posted, with millions of carefully censored letters zipping between soldiers and loved ones, was vital for maintaining morale. Each week, more than 12 million letters were delivered to soldiers during the First World War, providing opportunities to exchange news with family and friends, request parcels and confirm that they were still in one piece. As the main method of communicating with home, servicemen placed huge importance on correspondence which, from our modern perspective, can reveal the writer’s thoughts, beliefs and experiences while providing an immediacy often lacking in diaries or memoirs....

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1914 Christmas Tins

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1914 Christmas Tins

By Fergus Read for the Imperial War Museum What is the Princess Mary Gift Fund 1914 Box? The Princess Mary Gift Fund box is an embossed brass box that originally contained a variety of items such as tobacco and chocolate. It was intended as a Christmas present to those serving at Christmas in 1914 and was paid for by a public fund backed by Princess Mary.  Who might have received one of these boxes? It was Princess Mary's express wish that 'every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front' should have the present. The gifts were devised in October 1914...

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A Brief History of the Wristwatch.

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A Brief History of the Wristwatch.

By: George Downs/The Wall Street Journal The military origins of wearable tech, a century before the Apple Watch Today it seems quaint to think of people getting the time from church bells and factory whistles, but before World War I it was commonplace. People had clocks at home, and gentlemen carried pocket watches, but most people went without a watch. Wristwatches were chiefly worn by women as decorative pieces rather than for precise timekeeping. The Great War was a turning point. Crouching in a trench or exchanging gunfire with the enemy, soldiers hardly had the time to grab a watch...

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The mourning figure of “Mother Canada” of the Vimy Memorial.

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The mourning figure of “Mother Canada”  of the Vimy Memorial.

The figure of a cloaked young woman is called Mother Canada or Canada Bereft she stands alone on the wall at the north-eastern side of the memorial and overlooks the Lens-Douai Plains, the objective for the Canadian Corps, who successfully won at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Winning this high ground gave the Allies a view across the German rear area. Mother Canada has her head bowed, her eyes cast down, and her chin resting in one hand looking below her at ground level is a marble coffin, representing Canada's war dead bearing a Brodie helmet and a sword, and...

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Pride at Vimy Ridge

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Pride at Vimy Ridge

Courtesy of CBC Learning     Just before dawn on April 9, 1917, Lieutenant Claude Williams lay in a muddy trench in northern France, cold and shivering and ready for battle.     Williams, along with thousands of other Canadian soldiers, awaited the signal that would launch one the great battles of the First World War and represent the coming of age for Canada.     "At the arranged time, to the absolute second, suddenly, as dawn was breaking, every gun on the whole front opened up. The roar of the heavy guns was deafening," remembered Williams, a 21-year-old medical...

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