Whizzbangs and Woodbines : Tales of Work and Play on the Western Front, Paperback / softback Book

Whizzbangs and Woodbines : Tales of Work and Play on the Western Front Paperback / softback

Part of the Uniform Legends series


First published in 1918 Whizzbangs and Woodbines presents a candid portrait of life behind the lines on the Western Front by Reverend Durell, then Rector of Rotherhithe, and Chief Commissioner of the Church Army in France.The Church Army, along with its counterparts the YMCA, TOC-H and Salvation Army played an important part in the support and morale of soldiers in war.

In addition to providing spiritual support,the Church Army welcomed more than 200,000 men each day to their recreation huts and provided visits and gifts to the wounded, tents and hostels near the front lines, drove ambulances, mobile canteens and kitchen cars.In addition to voluntary Church services, for those who wished to attend, a simple salvation from trench life was offered; music, singing, concerts, card games,billiards and refreshments, all small measures of joy in the midst of dangers and hardships and as vital to the continued war effort as bullets and shells.

For a packet of woodbines and a cup of tea was restorative ammunition enough for the average British Tommy.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 196 pages, Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Unicorn Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781910500224



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