An absorbing facsimile manual showing how to cook in the field from official books supplied by the War Office and the Red Cross during the First World War.
Why did trench tea taste of vegetables?
What were `iron rations'?
Why was `Maconochie' the most despised food on the front?
The old adage that `an army marches on its stomach' was never more true than on the Western Front during the First World War. Literally millions of hungry soldiers had to be fed and watered in trenches and behind the lines in France and Belgium and beyond. An army of cooks working in field kitchens relied on their training and official manuals published by the War Office and the Red Cross. This book reproduces pages direct from these rare artifacts with an authoritative introduction.
Hannah Holman is the author of several books including the best selling Titanic Voices ('Heartstopping accounts' Juliet Gardiner, BBC History Magazine), Art Donahue's Life As A Battle Of Britain Spitfire Pilot ('Warmly recommended' All About History) & The Tommies' Manual 1916 ('A fascinating read' Great War Magazine). She studied English Literature at the University of Birmingham & works for a City firm managing public sector assets. Married with four children, she lives in Bath. Drawn from sources published by the War Office during the Great War for use by soldiers at the front, with original facsimile content and illustrated throughout with contemporary images.