Trench warfare in Bedfordshire

  • Trench digging practice on Dallow Downs.


By far the most realistic work that the soldiers stationed in and around Luton have experienced in their present training took place last week, culminating in a big battle at dawn on Friday.

The operations were on a very large scale. It was no afternoon picnic. It was three days of very hard work, but nevertheless it was an experience which the majority of the men at any rate would not have missed for worlds.

Trench Standing Orders 49th Division

This pocket-sized booklet contains everything that Officers needed to know when moving from billets into a front-line trench. It gives a fascinating insight into  trench life.

It includes information such as:   duties whilst in the trench;  sanitation & waste; ammunition & equipment; how to deal with casualties.

The 49th Division was a Territorial Force from the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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