We were granted compassionate leave over the summer here at Field Punishment No.1, but we’re now back on active service and there should be a flurry of posts in the months ahead. A recent tour through the Hamilton Public Library Archives, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto, Library and Archives Canada, not to mention the Canadian War Museum produced some 2100 photographs of documents relating to Canada’s war writers. I can’t wait to share them with you, particularly the short stories unearthed in Battle Stories and Canadian War Stories, two depression-era pulp magazines, and three, count ’em, three unpublished Philip Child pieces relating to the Great War, including a 100 page novella titled A Toast to the Victors. I’m also hoping to post photos of Peregrine Acland’s copy of Freud, Hemingway and Sassoon, (with much marginalia), not to mention a few Kim Beattie rarities found in the museum of the 48th Highlanders.
In the meantime, I was alerted via George Simmer’s marvelous Great War Fiction blog that the BBC has produced a really first rate program about The Wipers Times, the famous trench newspaper of the Ypres Salient. As per usual in the colonies, you’re screwed if you want to watch it on the beeb’s website, which is a bloody shame, as it’s an excellent show.
The trailer can be viewed here:
Word round the brazier is that unscrupulous individuals might be able to find the program here. But mum’s the word. We don’t want to tip our hand to Fritz.