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Tango0120 Oct 2021 9:19 p.m. PST

"Imagine you had to provide the basic needs of an army of three million men in 1916. Quite apart from ammunition and equipment, simply to provide enough rations for such an army would require between 2,400 and 3,700 tonnes of food every single day, and not only would it have to reach the men, it would have to be prepared and cooked too, all while the enemy and nature seemed to conspire to make the task almost impossible. Such was the challenge facing the French army on the Western Front, and the challenge was met by the field kitchen, generally deployed near second line or reserve trenches, perhaps 500 metres or more behind the front line. Basic food was delivered to the kitchen where it was cooked and then taken forward to the front line, and of course also consumed there and then by those troops in the vicinity. As we shall see, this Strelets set has little to do with delivering food to the front lines, but instead concentrates on the scene at the field kitchen itself…"

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