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Soldiers’ Letters
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Soldiers’ Letters

Soldiers’ letters conveyed by the German field post mail formed the only means of communication permitted to First World War soldiers for carrying on regular contact with their relatives, friends, and colleagues at home – at least in writing. In the period of the modern mass army, soldiers’ letters became themselves a mass phenomenon. For the soldiers, contact by letter was psychologically just as essential for survival as for their relatives; they were also an object of interest…

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Latzel, Klaus, “Soldiers’ Letters”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 06 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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