Le Mouchoir WW1 Trench Newspaper

Le Mouchoir WW1 Trench Newspaper
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LE MOUCHOIR: “ORGANE DU PERIL…? (AH!.RIONS!..) ET DES POILUS DE LA …DIVISION TIRÉ A LA PÂTÉ-DOIET….EN PREMIÈRES LIGNES.” 1915-1918.

Various issues (47 in total with one issue repeated ) from No 2 to 62. Each approx 24 cm x 31 cm. Printed on a variety of different papers ( dependent on what could be supplied at the time and location) . Earlier issues were broadsheets ( two sides) with later issues usually having four or more pages. Condition also varies, with the earlier issues being more fragile, but edge tears and browning to most copies.

With the immobilization of the front following the more mobile actions of the breakout of war and the start of Trench warfare in the fall of 1914, the first trench newspapers appeared. Their success and popularity was immediate. Written by soldiers close to the front lines for their brothers in arms, these newspapers were intended to raise the spirits of the troops, using typically dark humour. Among the many publications read by the French Poilus, “ Le Mouchoir” [“the Handkerchief”; Mouchoir also refers to a small pocket of land] was notable for the number of issues published and the quality of its drawings. Founded in November 14, 1915, “Le Mouchoir” was the organ of the French 73rd Division , which took part in battles at  Mortinare ,  Bois la Prêtre , Tavannes ,Cote 304, Chateau Thierry, Verdun, and the Marne. Most of the founders of the newspaper do not survive the war. The painter Joseph Lesage, who drew all the covers of the publication, died of Influenza fifteen days before the armistice.

£450.00


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