‘Showing one of the [Army Service Corps?] ovens with trays of newly baked bread’ | National Library of Scotland

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Men, some local civilians, some probably members of the Army Service Corps, stand beside the big wooden stretchers full of loaves they have just taken from the ovens in the background.

After January 1917, when rations had to be reduced because of the U-boat menace, each soldier received 1 lb of bread or 10 oz of biscuit as part of his daily ration.

This is one of a series of photographs about the food supplies for the troops, possibly intended to reassure their families at home. In fact the bread when it reached the Front was often stale or dirty.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. How Tommy is fed. Showing one of the ovens with trays of newly baked bread.’

Original URL: http://digital.nls.uk/first-world-war-official-photographs/pageturner.cfm?id=74547480

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About Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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