British Efficiency

University Of Oxford First World War Poetry Digital Archive
Training displays given by British troops to visiting Allied military officials, probably in Britain, about 1916. Soldiers simulate a night attack, blindfolding themselves before charging out of a trench down a course. Other soldiers build barbed wire entanglements while wearing gasmasks. Two soldiers in a foxhole demonstrate a rifle grenade launcher. Dismounted Cavalry demonstrate their Hotchkiss automatic rifles, including the drill if the operator is hit. A pack mule displays the carrying saddle for the...