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Working party about to start off in the rain wearing waterproof sheets and trench waders

Working party about to start off in the rain wearing waterproof sheets and trench waders

Digging different types of holes, such as dugouts and trenches, comprised a large part of a soldier’s life on the Western Front, and this image shows a working party about to set off on such a duty. Equipped with shovels, the already mud-splattered troops are wearing trench waders and capes to protect them against the rain and mud. Since the men in this photograph are not carrying their guns, it s…