The Wipers Times

WipersTimesSuggested by Brad Nelson • When Captain Fred Roberts discovered a printing press in the ruins of Ypres, Belgium in 1916, he decided to publish a satirical magazine called The Wipers Times – “Wipers” being army slang for Ypres. Full of gallows humor, The Wipers Times was poignant, subversive and very funny.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I found this made-for-TV movie streaming on Netflix and gave it a go. It’s sort of M.A.S.H.-like without the holier-than-thou sniveling liberal condescension. Instead of being behind the scenes as doctors who are able to take cheap shots at the military from the safety of the rear (holding each side to blame), the main character in “The Wipers Times” is a rather brave army officer on the front lines, but one with a bold and decidedly British sense of humor.

    The humor doesn’t mock as much as it does provide a coping mechanism for what is, to be fair, the completely insane trench warfare of WWI. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But for those who like a little bit of sophistication, you’ll love this.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      “We’re here because we’re here because we’re here because we’re here.
      We’re here because we’re here because we’re here because we’re here.”

      Leon Wolff had a few such humor items in his historical study of the campaign in the west in 1917 (forcusing on the Third Battle of Ypres), In Flanders Fields.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Speaking of intelligent British movies that are set in one of the World Wars, I watched Murder on the Home Front last night. Don’t expect too much from it and I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.

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