scrapironflotilla: Men of the 10th Battalion AIF enjoying a hot…

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Men of the 10th Battalion AIF enjoying a hot meal in the trenches, in the line at Eaucourt l’Abbaye, during the Somme advance. To carry the hot stew and tea, petrol tins and hot food containers were used. As the petrol tins were not cleaned out well before being used for food, soldiers dinners and water transported in them often tasted strongly of petrol.

Generals Walker of the 1st Australian Division and Monash of the 3rd were both well known for the care they took of their men. They both had field kitchens set up as close to the front line trenches as possible so that the troops could get hot meals whilst on active duty and nissen huts were often provided for shelter from the elements.