The Great War and the Valleys

Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley



Bringing the War Home

The First World War was fought on two fronts. The first of these was the battlefields in such places as Flanders, northern France, Gallipoli and the Far East, and the naval battles at sea. The second front was the battle for hearts and minds at home, which was conducted through chapels and churches, newspapers and magazines, and through the cinema. Women were expected to contribute to the war effort, whether by taking jobs or in the home. Men who had enlisted wrote letters home and some of these were published in the local newspapers. Descriptions of conditions on the battlefield also appeared in the press.