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

07 April, 2014

Wartime Tea Breaks

When I first posted on soldiers drinking tea ("Tea, the Soldier's Drink"), I noted that this theme was so common in British wartime photographs that it would need two parts. Finally, almost two years later, here is that part two!

© IWM (NA 11770)

A British and an American soldier share tea in a dugout in Anzio, Italy, 1944. Source

© IWM (MH 32677)

British and Australian officers have an end of the day cup of tea in Korea, 1950-1953. Source

© IWM (NA 14569)

Soldiers get tea from a YMCA tea car, Anzio, Italy, 1944. Source

© IWM (SE 3302)

A Burmese family share tea with a British soldier (somewhat uncomfortably), Burma, 1945. Source

© IWM (Q 2085)

British officers in the reserve line have tea, WWI. Source

© IWM (B 10585)

A padre gives a cup of tea to a wounded soldier at a Casualty Clearing Station, NW Europe, 1944. Source

© IWM (E 3295)

Troops evacuated from Crete being served tea at an Egyptian port, 1941. Source


A morning tea break for Scottish soldiers, late 1930s. Source

© IWM (SE 3335)

A gun crew have a cup of tea and a game of cards during a break, Burma, 1945. Source

© IWM (BU 8974)

British soldiers queue for tea at a mobile canteen in Berlin, in front of the damaged Brandenburg Gate, 1945-46. Source

© IWM (H 8460)

Women serve tea to a tank crew in Armagh, Northern Ireland, 1941. Source

© IWM (E 2307)

New Zealander troops pause for tea in North Africa, 1941. Source

© IWM (A 348)

Tea and a cigarette during nighttime exercises aboard a British naval ship, WW2. Source

© IWM (H 1630)

Evacuated troops receive tea at a London train station, 1940. Source

© IWM (CH 4110)

British pilots (and an American one, centre, looking awkward) enjoy a cup of tea from an American-funded canteen, 1941. Source

© IWM (H 1632)

Troops evacuated from Dunkirk get tea at a London train station, 1940. Source

© IWM (MH 30689)

American and British aircrew take a tea break at a hangar in Berlin, 1948-1949. Source

© IWM (Q 32741)

Lorry drivers take a tea break by the road, ca. 1917. Source

© IWM (D 11805)

This drink is probably coffee, but still. Stetsoned Texan technicians in Northern England, 1942. Source

© IWM (H 39254)

A wounded soldier with his cup of tea aboard a hospital train, Normandy, 1944. Source

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Superb anna.

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