The salve of humour
Against a backdrop of the well-documented horrors of the trenches, The Wipers Times carried the refreshing scent of humanity, delivered through persistently charming humour, spiced with a sparkling eye for the absurd. While some of the satirical digs and mockery have a cutting edge, The Wipers Times somehow managed to tread a fine line that stayed the censor’s pen – but it must have been a close-run thing. The paper clearly had supporters among senior officers who appreciated the power of humour to underpin morale when circumstances are grim.
The very first editorial in No. 1, Vol 1 shows their subtle tongue-in-cheek delivery.
Having managed to pick up a printing outfit (slightly soiled) at a reasonable price, we have decided to produce a paper. There is much that we would like to say in it, but the shadow of censorship enveloping us causes us to refer to the war, which we hear is taking place in Europe, in a cautious manner.