The literature on trench journalism is well established for Britain and France during the First World War, but this book is the first systematic study in English of German soldier newspapers as a representation of daily life and beliefs on the front. Printed by and for soldiers at or near the front line these newspapers were read by millions of 'ordinary soldiers'. They reveal an elaborately defined understanding of comradeship and duty. The war of aggression, the prolonged occupation on both fronts and the hostility of the local populations were justified through a powerful image of manly comradeship. The belief among many Germans was that they were good gentlemen, fighting a just war and bringing civilization to backward populations. This comparative study includes French, British, Australian and Canadian newspapers and sheds new light on the views of combatants on both sides of the line.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 19 mm
'An important contribution to knowledge of the German military perspectives on war.' The Times Literary Supplement
"If after reading this book we still don't really fully understand why the soldiers fought so long and in such conditions, at least Nelson's book gives us much to think about." -Jeffrey Verhey, The Journal of Modern History