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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