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British or Commonwealth soldiers eating in a trench, 1917 (c)

Photograph, World War One, Western Front (1914-1918), 1917 (c).

Three soldiers opening canned goods including Fray Bentos corned beef with a rum jar at their feet.

Trenches were not dug randomly, but were part of a complex design. Each of the front line trenches was backed-up by second and third lines: 'support' and 'reserve' trenches. Communication trenches linked them all together. Soldiers did not spend their whole time in the front line. Whilst one unit was at the front others would be in support in case of attack, or out of the line entirely, resting and training in the rear areas.

From a collection of 164 official photographs.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2002-02-589-7


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study Collection

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