Although Portugal did not officially enter the war until 9th March 1916 she had been in conflict with Germany on the borders of their African Empires; and soon sent troops to France as well. Here two of her soldiers are sitting side by side on a ledge in the mud, leaning up against ranch fencing supported by sandbags, surrounded by a confusing maze of sandbags and fencing all set in dusty, rocky ground. Both soldiers are intent on their letters. Regardless of nationality most soldiers’ experience of the Western Front would have been universal.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Portuguese in the trenches. A letter home.’
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