An army of mouths: Feeding the CEF in World War I

An estaminet near Mericourt, France. [no date]. A.S. English Fonds. Collections CCGW/CCGG.
An estaminet near Mericourt, France. [no date]. A.S. English Fonds. Collections CCGW/CCGG.
Most diaries and memoirs from the Great War acknowledge that the food on the Front was not great, if not downright inedible. Soldiers’ marching songs recounted the boring military diet with lines like “ we poor blokes| We only get-| Apple and plum” (When the Bloody War is Over, 84), in reference to the apple and plum jam given to the front line troops, and many men years later remembered receiving maconochie meat stew in tins. Continue reading “An army of mouths: Feeding the CEF in World War I”

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The horse war: Horse transport in the First World War

[Riding boots with spurs, c1915-1919] Collections CCGW/CCGG.
[Riding boots with spurs, c1915-1919] Collections CCGW/CCGG.
For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you will have seen these boots already. We received this pair of Canadian First World War era riding boots last week, complete with Canadian army marked spurs. Though these boots may have been worn by a member of the cavalry, it is more likely that they were property of a soldier working in horse transport; either with the Canadian Army Service Corps or the Canadian Field Artillery. Continue reading “The horse war: Horse transport in the First World War”