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World War 1 Field Service Postcards from the front

Updated on January 19, 2012

Field Service Postcards from my great grandfather during World War One. September 1915

Christmas Field Postcard - the censors allowed my great grandfather to write a short Christmas greeting.
Christmas Field Postcard - the censors allowed my great grandfather to write a short Christmas greeting.

Soldiers were not allowed to divulge information in letters or postcards about their whereabouts when fighting on the front line in World War One. Field postcards such as these were a form of censorship. The soldiers were only able to cross out pre-typed phrases that were not applicable to them and sign their names.

My great grandfather was however, able to write a short 'Happy Christmas' greeting on one field postcard (pictured) that he sent to his mother while fighting on the front - perhaps the censors were more lenient on that special occasion.

Some soldiers tried to send subterfuge information home via these postcards about their location or details about their deployment. To read about an interesting case of a soldier tricking the censors, click here.

For an example of other field postcards please visit the Museum of Victoria website.

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      Rufus rambles 

      6 years ago from Australia

      @The Blagsmith: Thanks for your feedback. Yes - it is fascinating to see how soldiers gave messages home despite the restrictions and hardships they endured. It has given me great pause for thought about my own small challenges in life compared to what they all went through.

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      The Blagsmith 

      6 years ago from Britain

      Fascinating. It is nice to have something a little bit different. Thanks for the insight.

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