Keeping them happy?

The World War 1 description of warfare as ‘months of boredom punctuated by moments of extreme terror’* could have applied in Crete during the British stay…if one restated it as ‘years of boredom etc.’

Fortunately, one of Britain’s allies in the Intervention came up with a partial solution: amateur theatricals.

That's the stuff to give the troops! Possibly.

That’s the stuff to give the troops! (Or possibly not.) Source: La France, 21 August 1898.

However, judging by the look on the face of the British soldier on the right of the illustration, the attempted solution was not an overwhelming success.

* A phrase allegedly first put in print in a letter dated October 27, 1914 by an unnamed British cavalry subaltern, published by The London Times on 4th November, 1914, p. 979, col 1.

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