My DH has studied military history since he was a child. World War I is one of those wars that get studied and discussed and which has many dramatic and often unknown stories surrounding it.
Even though military history isn’t my favorite I find the juxtapositions of this war intriguing. Modern weapons were used but with old-faashioned tactics. The heads of state in two opposing countries were cousins. The soldiers suffered horribly, many from what was then called “shell shock” and now is called PTSD. They also often suffered from amputations and serious injuries or a combination of all of these.
Read literature from the 20’s and 30’s and you find it all over the place.
Healing these men was a priority and, interestingly enough, embroidery was a part of that. Read this article from The Guardian to learn about it.
Thanks to Mary Corbet of Needle n’Thread for pointing this out.