The war on the home front, c.1915–18
in Civvies
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In mid-1915 many civilian men began to notice that the conflict was intruding in their lives in new and often unexpected ways. By the second year of war, most civilians could claim a newly personal interest in the fortunes of the armed forces. Most people had at least a friend, colleague, acquaintance or relative on active service; diaries and letters were peppered with references to such individuals. By 1915, men in uniform had become a ubiquitous presence in most public spaces on the home front. For many civilians, the noise of bomb and gun practice, of aeroplanes flying overhead, even of explosions on the Western Front, had by 1916 become part of everyday life. Middle-class men did not remain unaffected by wartime restrictions for long: a variety of regulations soon began to impinge on their lives too.


Middle-class men on the English Home Front, 1914–18


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