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Michael Kazich

'His life out here is not worth a blade of grass' - a letter from the front.

March 18, 2014 12:00 AM

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CMB
18-Mar-2014 23:27

Amazing letter! Thanks for posting.
By the way, is this First Ypres, or a later battle?

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MTG
19-Mar-2014 08:56

Did he survive the war?

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Paintybeard
20-Mar-2014 04:55

I find it very hard to see how this got past the censor in the form in which it is presented. It mentions specific units, casualties and military crimes. Surely all these would have been removed from the letter?

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CMB
20-Mar-2014 07:44

Hi Painty,
I have a book from Pen & Sword's Images of War series, called Flanders 1915, featuring photographs taken in the trenches by Lt. Harry Colver of the 1/5 York and Lancaster Regiment. It says that such snapshots were later made against regulations, but at that stage of the war, everyone in the battalion, from the CO on down, posed for Colver's camera. Perhaps the censors weren't quite so censorious earlier in the war.

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Paintybeard
20-Mar-2014 09:45

I think you must be right CMB. Does anyone know when military censorship started?

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