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Two soldiers in the snow sharing a match, during World War I. This pretty, picturesque image belies the harshness of the conditions faced by front line troops during the winter months. There is a statuesque farmstead on the hill and the sloping verges are all dusted with fine snow. The soldiers are also covered in snow and, on the left, the man’s knees must be fairly cold in his kilt. Nevertheless both soldiers seem relaxed and companionable. Parts of south-west Africa, mainly around modern Namibia, were under German Protector ship from 1884 onwards. South Africa declared war on Germany in the hope that these lands could be recovered and its territorial boundaries extended. As a result of this, South Africa became an Allied member of the war effort.

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About Fionnuala Barrett

I am a master's student of nineteenth-century English literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. For the WW1C project I have been overseeing the @Arras95 live-tweeting project, as well as researching resources to add to the project library.
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