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War bread for the German army, a group of field bakeries

War bread for the German army, a group of field bakeries

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War bread for the German army, a group of field bakeries

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Bread Bakeries

This evocative photograph captures a group of field bakeries at work during World War I, producing essential war bread for the German army. The image, taken in December 1917, shows a team of bakers diligently tending to their portable ovens, each one manning a wooden peel to load the next batch of dough into the fiery hearth. The bakeries were an essential component of the German military machine, providing sustenance for the troops in the field. The makeshift bakeries were a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the German military, as they were often set up in remote locations and required minimal resources. The dough for the bread was typically made from simple ingredients such as flour, water, and salt, and was mixed and kneaded by hand. Once baked, the loaves were cooled on wooden racks before being distributed to the soldiers. The importance of these field bakeries cannot be overstated, as they played a crucial role in maintaining the morale and physical health of the German troops. The soldiers relied on the regular supply of fresh bread to keep their energy levels up during long marches and battles. The sight of the field bakeries in action would have been a familiar one for the German soldiers, a reminder of the support they received from their homeland and the dedication of those who worked to keep them fed. This photograph is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices and hardships endured by the soldiers during the First World War, and the vital role that logistical support played in sustaining the military effort. It is a powerful image that speaks to the resilience and determination of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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