A lot of soldiers sent their loved one postcards from the trenches during the Great War.
Europeana has collected them and they give a good illustration of how soldiers used to miss their loved ones; no matter which side they were fighting on.
Some were hand-drawn, others were punched in the cities and villages they would come across. Some where absolute propaganda, some mocked the war, and other ones were meant to give a false illustration that the war “actually great fun, and loved ones shouldn’t worry because we’re are having a blast out here!”
There’s is one picture in this capsule that especially draws attention: the one of the French soldier, made up out of several postcards.
When Michael Hannon sent these fascinating postcards home to his mother in Dublin– she never knew what she was going to receive.
In isolation, each missive from France appears to show a line of music, indicating a different military bugle call, such as First Call, Dinner Call and Lights Out. But put together, this set of 10 postcards forms one large picture of a French soldier.