Loading water for transportation to the Front, during World War I. John Warwick Brooke, the official war photographer, captured this rather picturesque scene. The beauty of it, however, belies the adverse conditions which soldiers had to live in during the winter months. The skills necessary to transport and keep drinkable water under these conditions are mind-boggling. Most foods and beverages at the Front were rationed and it was only when men returned further behind the lines that supplements were readily available and could be purchased.
In the background can be seen a steam engine of the Railway Operating Division.
Uniform details suggest picture taken in the winter of 1916-1917.
Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Taking in water on the way up to the trenches.’
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