Blighty

Front cover and first page of the Christmas 1916 edition of Blighty.

The first edition of Blighty was published in London in May 1916, with the aim of giving men serving at the front a free weekly collection of the best pictures, stories and jokes from the British newspapers. In comparison to many of the trench journals that were produced in situ, it offered a sanitised message of upbeat patriotism. Blighty was officially sanctioned and numbered among its patrons Sir Douglas Haig and Sir John Jellicoe. In this extract, the editor explains the newspaper's origins to new readers.
IWM Department of Books (Reprint Series) (1916)

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