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"Supply: The Lifeline of Exploration and Triumph" From the treacherous slopes of Mount Everest to the battlefields of World War II

Background imageSupply Collection: Largest Gasometer in the World - East Greenwich, London

Largest Gasometer in the World - East Greenwich, London - built in 1888. Situated on the Greenwich peninsula, close to the site of the O2 Arena

Background imageSupply Collection: Diagram of a system for pumping water into a basin, from

Diagram of a system for pumping water into a basin, from
XIR155476 Diagram of a system for pumping water into a basin, from Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices by Al-Djazari, 1206 (vellum) by Islamic School

Background imageSupply Collection: SIR EDMUND HILLARY (1919-2008). New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. Sir Edmund Hillary

SIR EDMUND HILLARY (1919-2008). New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay near the summit of Mount Everest, 28 May 1953

Background imageSupply Collection: The Royal Logistic Corps

The Royal Logistic Corps. The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed in 1993, by the union of the following British Army corps: Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Background imageSupply Collection: Steam Engine / Governor

Steam Engine / Governor
Governor, or Fly-Ball Governor, invented by James Watt to regulate the supply of steam in order to preserve a nearly fixed engine speed

Background imageSupply Collection: WW2 - Flower-Class Corvette in heavy seas - Atlantic Convoy

WW2 - Flower-Class Corvette in heavy seas - Atlantic Convoy
WW2 - Weather hazards which the convoy escorts in the Atlantic Ocean have to face in Winter - a Flower-Class Corvette, of 930 tonnes, being thrown high out of the water by a heavy sea. Date: 1943

Background imageSupply Collection: D-Day - Supplies pour ashore

D-Day - Supplies pour ashore
A stunning panorama photograph of a French invasion beach with the channel waters thick with US military shipping, as reinforcements

Background imageSupply Collection: French Bathroom 1906

French Bathroom 1906
A chambermaid helps her mistress take a shower in this elaborate bathroom containing bath, shower, bidet and loo, as well as the geyser to supply the hot water

Background imageSupply Collection: The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2

The Normandy Landings - 6th June 1944 - WW2. Note the American soldier in the landing craft holding a metal detector to sweep for landmines. Date: 1944

Background imageSupply Collection: Oil rig Dixilyn Field 97, 110 miles off Lands End, Cornwall

Oil rig Dixilyn Field 97, 110 miles off Lands End, Cornwall, with a supply boat in the foreground. DF97 was formally known as the Venture 2

Background imageSupply Collection: Train Derailed / 1914

Train Derailed / 1914
A German supply train, having been derailed by Belgians

Background imageSupply Collection: Ordnance Survey map of north Sheffield copied by the Germans, and marked with bombing targets

Ordnance Survey map of north Sheffield copied by the Germans, and marked with bombing targets
Original at Sheffield Local Studiess 26 M/4

Background imageSupply Collection: Brain tissue blood supply

Brain tissue blood supply. Light micrograph of a section through cortex tissue from a brain, showing the blood vessels (branching) that supply it

Background imageSupply Collection: Plundering a plantation during Shermans March to the Sea

Plundering a plantation during Shermans March to the Sea
Shermans troops foraging on a Georgia plantation, 1864. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageSupply Collection: The Cunard Liner RMS Scythia

The Cunard Liner RMS Scythia - became a troop and supply ship during WW2. Date: 1922

Background imageSupply Collection: Human heart anatomy, artwork

Human heart anatomy, artwork
Human heart anatomy, cutaway computer artwork

Background imageSupply Collection: WW1 naval blockades

WW1 naval blockades
Map of English and German naval blockades around Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Norway

Background imageSupply Collection: Battle of Cambrai 1917

Battle of Cambrai 1917
Tank trains standing at Plateau Station awaiting despatch to detraining railheads at the Battle of Cambrai on the Western Front in France during World War I in November 1917

Background imageSupply Collection: HOOVER DAM

HOOVER DAM
At the time of its construction, the Boulder Dam (subsequently renamed the Hoover Dam) on the Colorado River, is the worlds largest

Background imageSupply Collection: Advertisement for hammocks for workhouse vagrant wards

Advertisement for hammocks for workhouse vagrant wards
A 1900 advertisement from the Grantham company of Carlton * Co. for the supply of hammocks to workhouses for use in their casual wards which provided overnight accommodation for tramps and vagrants

Background imageSupply Collection: Electricity substation

Electricity substation
Electricity distribution. View of transformers at an electrical substation. The substation takes electricity at the voltage of the distribution grid

Background imageSupply Collection: San Luis Potosi - Mexico - Public water fountain

San Luis Potosi - Mexico - Public water fountain
San Luis Potosi - Mexico. A very fine decorative public water fountain

Background imageSupply Collection: Soho Wine Shop

Soho Wine Shop
The window display of The Soho Wine Supply shop front, central London, England

Background imageSupply Collection: Soviet Air Attack

Soviet Air Attack
Finland : Soviet aircraft attack a Finnish supply train of elk-drawn sledges : the Finnish troops themselves are on skis

Background imageSupply Collection: Turncock (Petherick)

Turncock (Petherick)
A London turncock, employed by the water company to turn on or off the cocks whereby water is channelled from the mains to domestic supply pipes

Background imageSupply Collection: National Electric Grid

National Electric Grid
Part of Britains National Grid, this is the sub-station at Yoker, near Glasgow, Scotland. The tower is 90 metres tall and carries the lines across the Clyde

Background imageSupply Collection: Kalmar - Sweden - Brick Water Tower

Kalmar - Sweden - Brick Water Tower
A very fine decorated brick water tower at Kalmar, Sweden

Background imageSupply Collection: Electricity pylon at Hoover Dam

Electricity pylon at Hoover Dam, USA

Background imageSupply Collection: Pumping Engine

Pumping Engine
Kempton Park, Surrey : the triple expansion pumping engine in the waterworks. Note the size of the men

Background imageSupply Collection: Nail Polish Remover

Nail Polish Remover
A beautiful art nouveau label for Wlandres Venus nail polish remover, distributed by Wadanola Beauty Supply of Syracuse, New York

Background imageSupply Collection: Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, Wales

Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, Wales - Painted by landscape artist Alfred Robert Quinton for the Sevenoaks based publishing and printing company J. Salmon, and reproduced as a local view postcard

Background imageSupply Collection: Wedding at Cana Date: 1562

Wedding at Cana Date: 1562

Background imageSupply Collection: Solar panel with sun

Solar panel with sun

Background imageSupply Collection: Banana seller, Village of Masango, Cibitoke Province, Burundi, Africa

Banana seller, Village of Masango, Cibitoke Province, Burundi, Africa

Background imageSupply Collection: Hezekiahs Tunnel, Jerusalem

Hezekiahs Tunnel, Jerusalem
Hezekiahs Tunnel (Siloam Tunnel), Jerusalem, a subterranean channel cut through the rock, 533 metres long. It was designed as an aqueduct linking the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. Date: 1920s

Background imageSupply Collection: British merchant ship war losses by G. H. Davis

British merchant ship war losses by G. H. Davis
British merchant ship war losses during the Second World War: the toll of oversea supplies. Britain lost through enemy action 2570 ships and over 11 million tonnage

Background imageSupply Collection: London Trade Card - Nathan Drake, Colourman

London Trade Card - Nathan Drake, Colourman, successor to Mr Robert Keating, White Hart, Long Acre, London, supplies for artists and house painters. circa 1760s

Background imageSupply Collection: Diagram showing bloodstream inside a vein, red, white blood cells, platelet

Diagram showing bloodstream inside a vein, red, white blood cells, platelet

Background imageSupply Collection: Oil derricks on the shore near Baku Azerbaijan

Oil derricks on the shore near Baku Azerbaijan

Background imageSupply Collection: AUSTRALIA: GOLD RUSH, 1895. A general store in the town of Coolgardie, Western Australia

AUSTRALIA: GOLD RUSH, 1895. A general store in the town of Coolgardie, Western Australia, 1895-1897, during the gold rush of the 1890s

Background imageSupply Collection: Indian corn, also known as maize, was historically cultivated by tribes in Oklahoma

Indian corn, also known as maize, was historically cultivated by tribes in Oklahoma such as the Wichita, Caddo, Creek, Cherokee and Seminole Indians

Background imageSupply Collection: LCC-LFB emergency dam unit and trailer pump, WW2

LCC-LFB emergency dam unit and trailer pump, WW2
Emergency water supplies were vital to supplementing the available mains supply for fighting the vast swathe of fires that swept parts of London during the Blitz

Background imageSupply Collection: Wartime cuisine - fish and chips

Wartime cuisine - fish and chips
Wartime rashioning during the Second World War. A plate of steak and veg is a dream, but at least there is still fish and chips to keep the spirits up and the bellies full! Date: circa early 1940s

Background imageSupply Collection: Vasco di Gamas Fort

Vasco di Gamas Fort, built 1498. The lady dressed in a Leso is carrying a kerosene tin of water on her head. This is the regular method of water supply in Zanzibar. 1935

Background imageSupply Collection: Cutaway model of face

Cutaway model of face
Model of face. Cutaway model of the human face, seen in profile. The internal carotid artery (red, lower right) supplies the forehead, nose, eyes and middle ear with oxygenated blood

Background imageSupply Collection: Electricity pylons and cables

Electricity pylons and cables
Electrical substation. View of cables and pylons at an electrical substation. A substation is a place where electricity from the main grid is converted to lower voltages for use in local industry or

Background imageSupply Collection: Lady Willoughby de Broke in a nurses uniform

Lady Willoughby de Broke in a nurses uniform
Tatler front cover, caption reads Warwick Hospital is the scene of Lady Willoughby de Brokes nursing activities. She is President of the Warwickshire War Supply Services

Background imageSupply Collection: Batteries Charged Here sign

Batteries Charged Here sign
A tin/alloy sign advertising Exide batteries, mentioning that batteries can be Charged Here. *EDITORIAL USE ONLY*



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"Supply: The Lifeline of Exploration and Triumph" From the treacherous slopes of Mount Everest to the battlefields of World War II, it has always been the backbone of success. Sir Edmund Hillary, a legendary New Zealand mountaineer and explorer, understood this well as he stood near the summit alongside Tenzing Norgay on that historic day in 1953. The Royal Logistic Corps, with their unwavering dedication, ensured that supplies reached soldiers during crucial moments like D-Day. As supplies poured ashore amidst chaos and uncertainty, they became a beacon of hope for those fighting for freedom. Innovation also played its part in ensuring supply efficiency. The steam engine with its governor revolutionized transportation by enabling goods to be transported swiftly across vast distances. Meanwhile, a French bathroom from 1906 showcased how even mundane necessities were not exempt from advancements in supply technology. During WWI, German soldiers relied on gas masks stored meticulously in metal containers to protect themselves against deadly chemical attacks. These vital supplies served as armor against an unseen enemy. The Normandy Landings on June 6th, 1944 marked a turning point in WWII. Behind the scenes lay meticulous planning aided by detailed Ordnance Survey maps copied by German forces who marked bombing targets—a testament to both sides recognizing the significance of strategic supply routes. Even beyond warfare lies the importance of supply; oil rigs such as Dixilyn Field off Cornwall's coast ensure energy reaches our homes while Cunard Liner RMS Scythia ferried passengers across vast oceans—both examples showcasing how global connectivity relies upon uninterrupted supplies. However, history is not without its darker moments; Sherman's March to the Sea saw plantations plundered as troops sought essential provisions amidst chaos and destruction—an unfortunate reminder that desperation can lead to dire actions. Supply disruptions can have catastrophic consequences too; train derailments during World War I halted critical shipments at a time when every resource was vital for survival.