History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

06 May, 2012

Tea, the Soldier's Drink

Sometimes even-- or especially-- in the midst of war, you just need a cup of tea. (Especially when you're British.... so much so, in fact, that this will be a two-parter, thanks to the Imperial War Museum!).

© IWM (IB 1882)

A solider drinking a tea next to a Red Cross mobile tea wagon, Calcutta, 1944. Source

© IWM (B 5349)

Members of a parachute battalion have a well-earned cup of tea after a three day fight back to their own lines, Normandy, 1944 Source

© IWM (Q 2309)

British troops have tea in Belgium, 1917. Source

© IWM (E 105)

British and Egyptian convalescent soldiers at a tea held by the wife of the British ambassador to Egypt, WW2. Source

© IWM (NA 9413)

Soldiers with tea and cakes served by a front-line Salvation Army van, Italy, 1943. Source

 © IWM (CNA 1081)

RAF men have tea in a newly created club in Algiers, c. 1940. Source

© IWM (H 22638)

A Canadian captain has a cup of tea as he recounts his experiences in the failed Dieppe raid after disembarking in Portsmouth, England, 1942. Source

© IWM (D 2172)

A Royal Engineer holding a cup of tea and a pie smiles in front of a WVS tea car, London, 1941. Source

© IWM (SE 6753)

High-ranking officers take a tea break to discuss British strategy, Rangoon, Burma, c 1945. Source

© IWM (Q 344)

Royal Field Artillerymen with tea and hot rum during the Battle of the Lys, WWI. Source

© IWM (Q 703)

Canadian troops recieving their tea ration at the field kitchen, Belgium, 1916. Source

© IWM (TR 879)

Canadian airmen line up for food and tea on a North African airfield, 1943. Source

 © IWM (E 15079)

A mobile tea canteen at the front in North Africa, 1942. Source

© IWM (F 4072)

A woman hands out tea to soldiers (and their pet monkey) at a town in France, 1940. Source

© IWM (H 1635)

A First Aid Nursing Yeomanry woman feeds tea and sandwiches to evacuated soldiers on a train, London, 1940 (the hands-ful soldier is wearing a captured German helmet). Source

© IWM (CH 2144)

Waitresses serve RAF men tea and things in a NAAFI canteen, England, 1941. Source

© IWM (TR 44)

Officers being served tea in a garden in North Africa, possibility Tunisia, 1942. Source

 © IWM (E 25711)

Troops get mugs of tea while waiting to embark on ships to Sicily, Egypt, 1943. Source

© IWM (B 9627)

Tea served to German prisoners, France, 1944. Source

© IWM (TR 2606)

Members of the ATS have tea in London, 1945. Source

© IWM (A 20255)

Wrens host a tea party for wounded soldiers, Alexandria, Egypt, WW2. Source

© IWM (C 177)

RAF officers take tea in their mess in a French airfield, 1939-40. Source

© IWM (MAL 309)

A Scottish soldier rests with a cigarette and cup of tea on a jungle patrol, Malaysia, 1948-50. Source

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