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, 2013

Soldiers Drinking

All right, time for the blog to get back on track! I apologize for the extended absence--last month of the first year of grad school! (in photographic history and preservation, of course). Thank you to all my wonderful followers for your patience, tons of great stuff to come!


 We've had a post on soldiers drinking tea; sometimes--especially during or at the end of a war-- something stronger is needed.

© IWM (SE 4758)

Recently released British prisoners of war have drinks at an officer's bar in Rangoon, Burma, 1945. Source

 © IWM (BU 714)

British troops have a drink at a cafe in Brussels, 1944. Source

© IWM (CL 1138)

Airmen on leave have a beer in Brussels, 1944. Source

© IWM (D 20519)

A young seaman chats to the Welfare Officer of the Ministry of Labour over a beer in Cardiff. According to the IWM's caption, "Seamen can obtain advice from [the Welfare Officer] on their domestic problems." Source

© IWM (BF 11052)

Men drink beer at a makeshift bar in Korea, 1950-53. Source

© IWM (CNA 3557)

Two airmen celebrate the end of the Italian campaign, Italy, 1945. Source

© IWM (CBM 1327)

RAF officers have a drink at the airbase, Egypt, 1939-43. Source

© IWM (BU 12280)

Raising a glass to the four millionth British soldier to be demobilized, 1945. Source

 © IWM (C 264)

Airmen of the Advanced Air Striking Force have beers at their temporary headquarters, France, 1939-40. Source

© IWM (D 25361)

A bartender serving beer to American soldiers in Reading, 1945. Source

© IWM (D 44297)

Air crew from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa have a drink at the officer's bar in Lubeck, 1948-49. Source

© IWM (D 11761)

A man has a beer at the Merchant Navy Club, London, 1942. Source

© IWM (D 14560)

American airmen have a beer at a British pub, 1943. Source

© IWM (D 25115)

Belgian pilots having a beer at a Belgian club in London, 1945. Source

© IWM (BU 939)

Dutch civilians give drinks to British troops on a tank during liberation, 1944. Source

© IWM (BU 5238)

A British Royal Engineer has a drink with a Russian tank man, 1944. Source

© IWM (BU 8036)

Men have drinks while awaiting demobilization, Belgium, 1945. Source

© IWM (D 12556)

Men of a torpedo boat's crew smile while watching the gunner down his ration of rum, 1943. Source

© IWM (D 21032)

A parish priests talks to American seamen over a beer, London, 1944. Source

 © IWM (D 17232)

American soldiers drink beer at a NAAFI canteen in England, 1943. Source

© IWM (D 13271)

Locals share a drink with a Canadian soldier on leave in a Sussex village, 1943. Source

French girls pour a drink for a British soldier, Vernon, France, 1944. Source

© IWM (BU 26)

French civilians sharing drinks with British soldiers in Paris, 1944. Source

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