British soldier washing in a shell crater




This photograph shows daily life on the frontline. A British soldier is washing in the stagnant water that has collected in a shell crater. Millions of soldiers lived in similar conditions of poor hygiene.


Une photographie de la vie quotidienne au front, un soldat britannique effectuant sa toilette en utilisant l’eau stagnante présente dans un trou d’obus. Ce document témoigne des conditions d’hygiène précaire de ces millions d’hommes enrôlés en masse pendant la Grande Guerre.

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British soldier washing in a shell crater
May, 1917
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