1917 The Darkest Hour Miniature Sheet Booklet This book is the fourth in a series of five and expands in depth on the story behind each stamp in this issue as well as supplying a more detailed glimpse of life during the War in 1917. In this commemorative book edition, we follow the story of Ellen Knight and the paths of some of her children abroad and back home. There are also twelve miniature sheets contained within this unique collectable that will not be available individually. By 1917, soldiers and loved ones had begun to lose faith in the ongoing war. Those on the Western Front were living in cold, wet trenches, and those at home were doing what they could to keep the home fires burning. New Zealand would experience the deadliest day in its military history when 845 lives were lost at the Belgian town of Passchendaele.