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Diversions at the Front
Stephane Audoin_Rouzeau
"I think that just after the battle, for the average soldier, the most important diversion was sleep.

"I think we have to imagine how exhausted these men were when they were coming back from two weeks of front line positions. I think that the second diversion was to write. Write to family, write to loved ones. And, the third was to eat, because eating meant something very clear to soldiers.

"When you eat after combat, you can be sure that you are alive. Your body is still there.

"Trench newspapers were written mainly by educated soldiers who wanted to escape from the battlefield and wanted to recapture their own dignity as educated people. And they did it, not only for themselves, but also for their comrades' companies around them.

"Most of the time, these trench newspapers were written for fifty, a hundred, two hundred, three hundred people maximum. It's a press for the primary groups of soldiers. It is a press of comrades in arms."

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