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Cooks at work near the front line

Cooks at work near the front line

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Three army cooks preparing a meal at an open-air kitchen, during World War I. This image shows some army cooks preparing a meal at an open-air kitchen. With a latrine located directly behind the cooking pots, the mixture of aromas might not have created the most appetising environment. The surrounding landscape is an otherworldly wasteland of branchless trees and muddy ground, while the noise of the rain hitting the corrugated iron roofs must have sounded like irritating timpani...Food was transported to the frontline in 'Dixie's (cooking-pots), via the labyrinth of communication and reserve trenches. Once the food and tea had reached the mess-tins (or bully-tins) of the soldiers, however, it was often cold. When the general staff proudly boasted that men in the field received two hot meals a day, 200,000 soldiers wrote letters saying that they received no hot meals when serving at the front line. Food rations also decreased as the war dragged on...[Original reads: 'Cooks at work near the front line.']..digital.nls.uk/74548000 ( http://digital.nls.uk/74548000 )
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Date

1914
place

Location

Les Moineaux, 36330 Arthon, France46.71067, 1.71819
Google Map of 46.71066944444445, 1.718188888888889
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Source

National Library of Scotland
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