WHEN THE BEST NEWS WAS HOME NEWS In the pauses of battle the two things that mattered most to Tommy were rations and letters, and there were but few men who would not rather have had their letters from home than their rations. Here, during the first battle of Ypres, in October 1914, the ismail being distributed to men of the 19th Infantry Brigade at a roadside farmhouse. They wanted all the news from home, though a“field postcard ”might be all the reply they could make. Imperial War Museum 217 f
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