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Feeding the Firing Line: Rations for British Infantry Fighting the Advancing Germans

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As they fell back before the German advance, our soldiers, ” hungry, but never tired,” were well cared for by the Army Service Corps, whose motor-lorry drivers with the daily rations had a herculean task in reaching the constantly shifting lines at the front. And the calm pluck of the A.S.C. men running to and fro along the trenches amid the German shrapnel-bullets with armfuls of bully-beef tins and bread, to fling these as they passed along to the lying-down infantry-as our illustration vividly shows-is above all praise. The soldier’s daily food reaches him through the Army Service Corps, which is responsible for its distribution. Stores and provisions (except fresh meat and vegetables) are sent from England to the port selected as the arthy’s ” Base.” Thence the supplies are forwarded by rail to the ” Advanced-Depot,” to be stacked there in huge mounds of packing-cases, bags, and barrels. Between the


Advanced-Depot and where the army is fighting is the ” Supply- Park,” within easy reach of the front. From the Supply- Park the Army Service companies attached to the brigades at the front daily draw their supplies by means of convoys of motor-lorries. Every brigade is served by one Army Service company. Each morning the A.S.C. lorries from the Su”ply – Park reach the immediate rear of the fighting troops, and distribution begins at once. Ordinarily, the regimental and battery wagons draw from the Ic rrie3 the daily rations, for distribution among officers and men by the Quartermaster’s department of each unit. In battle the lorries may be rushed right up to the fighting-lines, as shown in out illustration.–[Drawing Copyrighted in the United States and Canada.]



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