Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Entertaining the Troops at Home and Abroad During the Great War

Phil Carradice

This book tells the story of how the troops and the general public were kept happy and content during the First World War.
Date Published :
February 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
40 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399004411
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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Keeping the Home Fires Burning tells the story of how the troops and the general public were kept happy and content during the First World War. Between 1914 and 1918 there was entertainment of the masses for the sole purpose of promotion of the war effort. It was the first time that a concerted effort to raise and sustain morale was ever made by any British government and was a combination of government sponsored ideas and lucky happenstance. It was all picked up and used by the new Propaganda Ministry.

The range of activities was wide and varied, from poetry to cinema, from music hall singers and artists to the creation of battlefield heroes. There was postcard humor and deliberate veneration of philanthropists - and war participants - like Woodbine Willie.

The theme of Keeping the Home Fires Burning is backed up by 40 illustrations from the time, including participants, posters, battlefield views and so on.

About The Author
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Phil Carradice is a well-known poet, story teller, and historian with over 60 books to his credit. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and TV, presents the BBC Wales History program The Past Master and is widely regarded as one of the finest creative writing tutors in Wales.

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