Die Laughing by George Korankye
This nostalgic book takes a wry look at wartime humour from the First World War to the current troubles in Iraq. Through war and adversity, laughter has lifted the spirits of those facing traumatic situations. Ordinary people - civilian and military - have donated many of the images, drawings, poems and 'pithy' sayings. Genuine stories of the hilarity of people who faced adversities during periods of war will touch readers' hearts. Materials came from all walks of life, social classes, and professions, and from all corners of the UK, including, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Wright, Eire and even Canada from where a member of the public sent a poem from an ex-POW of Stalag 3. Chapters cover, for example, the universality of humour, the role of woman, the home front and blackouts, war's legacy, remembrance and the future. A number of images and poems date as far back as 1914. Graphics from scrapbooks kept as family heirlooms were all generously donated. Background historical information has been provided to enable the younger reader and/or those who have never experienced war to help them envision the circumstances surrounding the stories.