Soldier newspapers were edited by soldiers and distributed to other soldiers during WWI. The topics covered in the papers varied from country to country, but they usually evolved around the daily lives of soldiers, which included humorous stories about bad conditions in the trenches and women (or rather lack of women). Surprisingly, the papers did not include a lot of writing about the enemy or war propaganda. The British, French and German armies all had soldier newspapers, in one form or another, but the German army had a much wider distribution than the other two. Every month, around 2-3 million copies were distributed to German soldiers on the Western and Eastern Front, so one can assume that every soldier received at least one copy every two months or so. The editors of the soldier newspapers were usually conservative older low- ranking officers, who had some kind of a background in journalism or editing, and who were not as well suited for battle as the younger radical soldiers. Throughout the war, the soldier newspapers served to uphold morale, and to remind soldiers that their daily experiences were shared with millions of other men fighting in the war.
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