Australian soldiers in Military Barracks, WW1

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Title

Australian soldiers in Military Barracks, WW1

Subject

Military Uniforms; World War 1.

Description

Depicts men sitting and lying around the interior of hut. Photographic negative from an album owned by Gunner Clive Richard Balmer, Australian Imperial Forces, dated 5 June 1917.
Soldiers who are shivering from cold are inefficient fighters. Before synthetic fabrics made sleeping bags viable, woolen blankets kept many millions of soldiers warm. In this hut, two Australian men nap in their hut, in an artillery training camp in England; one folded blanket as a mattress, a second as a covering. In 1918, American soldiers in the lines were issued a new blanket about every two months. In camp, blankets were expected to last two or more years.

Source

Date

1917

Format

Photographic negative #87 in Kodak Negative Album H14359.101.

Citation

“Australian soldiers in Military Barracks, WW1,” Fabric of War, accessed February 6, 2023, https://fabricofwar2018.omeka.net/items/show/22.

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