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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.’

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74547110

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About Everett Sharp

Everett Sharp is a subject expert on the World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings project. He has worked for the University of Oxford on a series of other First World War Projects including the Great War Archive and First World War Poetry Digital Archive. He is also currently working for the Europeana 1914-1918 initiative with the Oxford. His retirement in 2009 didn't go quite according to plan!
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