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Riddles Of Wipers: An Appreciation of the Trench Journal "The Wipers Times" [Kindle Edition]

John Ivelaw-Chapman
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The Wipers Times was the Private Eye of the Ypres Salient during World War One. Edited, while under bombardment, by a battalion commander in the Sherwood Foresters, written by soldiers actually in the trenches and distributed by ration-wagon and ammunition-mule. the paper bears vivid witness to the shocking realities of trench warfare. Yet for all the occasional horror of its content, The Wipers Times was a gentle, humor-filled and satirical paper which, once its codes are cracked and its riddles solved, tells an interested reader much about the characters and personalities of the men in the British Army of the First World War.

Interpretation of regular features such as the bogus music-hall advertisements that feature in every issue, columns like ‘Answers to our Many Correspondents’ and ‘Things We Want to Know’ and careful study of some of the remarkable poetry published in the paper, explain to readers what it was like to be there. The Mud, the Gas, the Shells; the Fear, the Courage, the Humour and the Bitterness; much is revealed about these and many other things in this remarkable book that unravels the eighty-year-old Riddles of Wipers.

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About the Author

John Ivelaw-Chapman was educated at Cheltenham College. National Service in the RAF extended to an eighteen year commission. During this time he served as a pilot in Germany, Cyprus, East Africa, Aden and Malaysia. On retirement from the service, he worked as an antique dealer, auctioneer and occasional contributor to magazines and newspapers. His first book, High Endeavour (Leo Cooper) was compiled from his father's personal archive which documented an adventurous military life from Royal Flying Corps subaltern to vice-chief of air Staff in the nuclear-equipped Royal Air Force. He had always had an interest in the history of World War One and this interest became an obsession with the chance discovery of `The Collected Issues of the Wipers Times' and The Riddles of Wipers resulted. John Ivelaw-Chapman passed away in 2004.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5199 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EE9LIA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #263,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but . . . 20 Oct. 2013
By Peter H
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Great book with moving narrative but the all-important extracts from Wipers Times very difficult to decipher on my Kindle. Such a shame!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book like new 12 Oct. 2013
By Susie
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My husband loved this and the book was just like new, actually forgotten it was a second hand as the condition was perfect. Really prompt service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read in this centennial year. 22 Jan. 2014
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Amongst all the confusion over WW1, this is an interesting perspective from those involved and spoken in true British spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World War 1 4 Jan. 2014
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We have visited the battlefields and it is really lovely to have the Wipers times and now the riddles of Wipers. Very good book, very prompt delivery and good packaging.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too small to read on Kindle - buy the hard copy instead 9 Jan. 2014
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This book can't be read on the Kindle as the text consists mainly of comments about images of the Wipers Times, on which the type is absolutely tiny and can't be enlarged. I would strongly advise buying this book in hard copy instead.
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