The Brazier - 1 April 1917 - A “Trench Journal” printed and published at the front.


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A Trench Journal printed and published at the front by The Canadian Scottish for the Brigade - 1 April 1917.

When our good friend, Chris Wight, offered to allow us to make a copy of this trench newspaper we were uncertain what we could do with it. It does not contain significant information on either genealogy or history and yet - in its own way - it is one of the most historically important documents we have had the opportunity to republish. You see, in sponsoring the publication of this simple newspaper the Canadian military command was demonstrating that it understood the importance of the “moral” of the ordinary fighting man. We hear so many stories of troops being regarded as just “cannon fodder” in the Great War, and read again and again of the horrifying losses. Yet here stands proof that at least some part of the command structure regarded these troops as human beings having ordinary hopes and fears. This simple publication may be one of the first outward marks of a radical, and important, shift in military thinking.

With Chris’ agreement we are making this document freely available* - within the terms of the attached licence - from our Downloads page, and dedicate it to the work that Chris and his colleague Marc Leroux are doing in building their Canadian Great War Project commemorative web site, We invite you to visit their site and join them in their labor of love.

The information contained in this Journal is such that it is unlikely that anyone would need to, or indeed want to, search for specific terms. Never the less, simply because it is our standard procedure, you will find the text of the publication is searchable.

* We are also making this important document available on a CD (supplied in a sleeve), at a nominal charge to cover administration costs.

You can also reach the Sampler by clicking on the following link Free Download

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No. of CDs is:  1 ;   Format is:  PDF ;   Searchable?:  YES;

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