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Soldiers and officers, some in long overcoats, crowd around a quayside as a supply ship is unloaded. F

By the Armistice, the Docks Directorate, Royal Engineers, employed 11,000 men as unskilled labour in the loading and unloading of stores, and was in control of the major Channel Ports from Dunkirk to Le Havre.

Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE WESTERN FRONT. HOW TOMMY IS FED. Unloading meat from a meat ship.’

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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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