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(244) C.1850 - Women cooks at the Front

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(244) C.1850 - Women cooks at the Front

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(244) C.1850 - Women cooks at the Front
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DescriptionSix flues from a group of Agas, which are arranged in a square in the middle of a wooden shed. On top of the Agas are big square metal tins with food piled over the edge of the dishes. The women all have implements sunk into the food like they are chopping it up. There are two soldiers standing in the kitchen with the women. One is uniformed and the other is dressed very informally. The four women are all shiny faced with their hair tucked up into 'mob- caps'. The are wearing big collared overalls on top of their clothes. The logistics involved in supplying and cooking for such a vast number of men spread out over a distance was a complex task. It would have been slightly easier for those who were encamped behind the lines and so could be served by a canteen such as this. These women were probably employed from the people who used to populate the surrounding area. [Original reads: 'BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE WESTERN FRONT - Women Cooks At The Front.']
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Ernest Brooks
DescriptionErnest Brooks was the first British official war photographer to be assigned to the Western Front in 1916. Previously a 'Daily Mirror' photographer, he was given the honorary rank of Second Lieutenant. His remit was to take as many photographs as possible, with as much variety as possible. Using his inconspicuous hand-held camera Brooks was free to wander, sometimes capturing his subjects unawares. Many of the images taken by Brooks were used to fuel the propaganda machine at home and abroad. Despite this Brooks, who was very aware of composition and light, produced some very artistic and thought-provoking images.
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First World War 'Official Photographs'
DescriptionBlack-and-white photographs mainly of the Western Front during the First World War. Official British war photographers took many of them for propaganda purposes. Unless otherwise stated, titles are the photographs' original captions. From the papers of Field Marshal (Earl) Haig (1861-1928). The Haig Papers also contain Douglas Haig’s diaries.
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