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Topical Budget 228-1: Shower Baths in the Trenches (1916)


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"SHOWER BATHS IN THE TRENCHES. The Sanitary Corps provide baths at the Front, and owing to the use of same there is great freedom from disease. French soldiers enjoying a scrub down."

A group of French soldiers, some in greatcoats, standing outside a building. A group of soldiers standing by the open-air shower units. A large building is in the background. Medium close up of a notice (in French) attached to a fence headed 'Lettre du Front. 403 Rgt Inft' dated 14 December 1915 from the Chef de Service de Santé giving information on the need for, and use of, the showers. Four soldiers, wearing only long johns using the showers and observed by uniformed soldiers who form a long line behind them. The soldiers who are showering fool about and wash each other. Three other soldiers under the showers; uniformed soldiers help them to wash and put powder (?) on them with a long-handled brush. End abruptly.

Note: The mechanism of the shower units is not seen clearly; nor is the water pouring from them. The units are portable; have wooden slats for the soldiers to stand on, and the water is stored in what look like upturned pails supported on a scaffolding of poles.