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A report on Canadian troops, with photographs, 1915-17
(a. The National Archives: PRO 30/57/51, b. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum: CO 2196A, c. Imperial War Museum: Q442)
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Imperial War Museum, CO 2196A; photo of Canadians, 1917

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Study this source carefully. It contains information that could be useful in your presentation on life in the trenches. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Who are the soldiers described by Rawlinson and what does he think of them?
  • In what ways are these soldiers typical of British forces and in what ways are they unusual?
  • Read the useful notes. Do these sources help to explain how and why morale in the Army was generally good for most of the war?
  • Which aspects of trench warfare do these sources provide information on?
  • How could any of these sources be used in your final presentation?

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