Vera Brittain

Here’s a very interesting post about the writer many people think of as the voice of women during the Great War.

George Simmers presents a lot of information I had never had before about how Brittain wrote her acclaimed autobiography “Testament of Youth.”


Vera Brittain during the war.

Look for the Silver Lining

British nurse Vera Brittain, in her classic memoir “Testament of Youth,” deplored the solders’ bad taste in music. They liked sentimental songs — she wondered how many men’s last memory was of a tinny “If You Were the Only Girl in the World.”

“Look for the Silver Lining” was written in 1919 for a failed musical, but became a hit in 1921. No doubt the soldiers would have liked that one also.

And they would have enjoyed this mawkish music in the trenches.

Gramophone in captured German dugout blog