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 Millions of people were disturbed and suffered through the First World War. The trouble that many very young soldiers found themselves in was both of a physical and mental nature.
The Salvation Army members recognized that help was needed for the soldiers, even those who were on the front lines. The soldiers needed spiritual, personal and material help and encouragement in a desperate situation. The situation was such that they were often totally at a loss in the midst of disaster.

Also in the Second World War, The Salvation Army went out to try to help in dealing with those in need and suffering. Many salvationists men and women belonged to the people even on the front lines to be there for the soldiers.

 First World War: Poster in the Salvation Army Museum Basel
A Salvation Army poster seeking donations to support its programs.
In the Salvation Army Museum in Basel are examples and witnesses to the great services of these courageous people who tried to help even though they brought themselves in danger. They were those who during the first and second World War tried during desperate times to share the love of God and to bring hope to others. They did this along with supplying physical comfort in the form of homemade mittens and socks from home, or a warm up in the form of tea and a doughnut with a friendly word. Help to write a letter home was also offered.
Picture of Doughnut Girls

This picture, actually a postcard, has written on it: Salvation Army making Doughnuts under bombardment of German Guns, Front Line, France
A Canadian Salvation Army Officer tells how two brothers came almost every month in order to financially support the ongoing work of The Salvation Army. When asked why they were so generous, they told the following story.

Their father had been soldier in the Second World War. After a battle the bodies of those killed were loaded upon a truck. A Salvation Army officer serving with the Red Shield Services noticed that one of the men though badly wounded, was still alive and insisted that he be removed from the truck. Even though the others protested, the salvationist did not give in. The man was removed from the truck and taken to a hospital where he recovered. He lived to be able to return to Canada where he started a family. As his sons grew to be men and started their own business, he made them promise that as long as they made money that they would regularly support the work of The Salvation Army. This they did.
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