Every moment of a four-year long war was not always filled with bloody battles and explosions. There were moments of the Great War when soldiers had time to themselves, time to “rest.” These images show a few leisurely activities that some men did when they were away from the front lines. One of the main task when a solider was “resting” was to get clean. Whether it be bathing in the rare opportunities that they had to bath or doing laundry, which was a high priority since lice was so prevalent during WWI. Being able to keep the mind occupied was essential to surviving the war. Normalizing moments by creating crafts or having a leisurely drink with comrades put soldiers at ease even if it was for only a brief period of peace.
Post by Jackie Slanley