TEA, RUM & FAGS: Sustaining Tommy 1914-18


TEA, RUM & FAGS: Sustaining Tommy 1914-18

ALAN WEEKS    Book Number: 88081    Product format: Paperback

Egg and chips in the estaminets, beer and wine, parcels, canteens, bed and breakfast, rations, supplying the front, here is all about Bully Beef and hard biscuits, mutinous mutterings, tea, rum, fags, special occasions, even shops and restaurants and disorderly and incapable drunks. It is said that 'an army marches on its stomach', but histories of the First World War usually concentrate on its political and military aspects. The gargantuan task of keeping British Expeditionary Forces fed and watered is often overlooked, yet without adequate provision, the soldiers would never have been able to fight. Tommy couldn't get enough tea, rum or fags, yet his commanders sent him Bully Beef and dog biscuits. It was amazing how two million men did not go short of nourishment, although parcels from home, canteens and estaminets had a lot to do with that. A light and enjoyable read with good photographs, contemporary sketches and anecdotal accounts. 192pp in large softback, illus.
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ISBN 9780752450001
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