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Lorry with water purification apparatus. Provision of clean drinking water for the large number of troops (not to mention horses) concentrated in a small area of northern France was a major challenge, only exacerbated as the ground became poisoned by effluent, corpses, and gas. An especial problem was keeping water supplied to the front during advances: as the troops moved across the devastated zone water had to be physically carried to them, and provision made for the laying of pipes that might soon be cut by gunfire.

Uniform details suggest date of 1918.

One of a series of 25 lantern slides to illustrate lectures [by Colonel William Horrocks, member of the Army Medical Advisory Board] re: water purification, hygiene arrangements in trenches and casualty evacuation.

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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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