Letters from the First World War
The author quotes from a small collection of letters from British naval officers in the 1914-16 period. Dominant themes are weary boredom on patrol in inhospitable seas and frustration over the little engagement with the enemy, tempered only with the realisation of being better off than their countrymen in the trenches. There is disappointment with both Jutland and the British press reaction. Yet in striking contrast the Dardanelles letters, starting with excitement and an underestimate of the enemy, turn to horror at the carnage and losses. All would have written mindful of the censor.