Between the lines


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History Today
Vol. 59, no. 11 (November 2009), p. 45-51


The messages sent by British soldiers of the First World War to their loved ones back home have long been valued for what they tell us about daily life in the trenches. But their authors were often at pains not to reveal too much of the horror and pain they endured. Anthony Fletcher considers what these valuable documents reveal about the men's inner lives