Tuesday, 24 July 2012

German soldiers drinking in WW I

Well almost. They're certainly standing next to a whole load of booze.

Exactly what sort of booze is hard to say. Those barrels are a right mix of sizes and shapes. The ones with cane hoops don't look like beer barrels to me. But it's difficult to be sure without getting a closer look. Which, unless someone finally gets time trousers working, isn't going to happen.

Notice how the barrels are all covered in mud? And that the building they're in appears to be a factory. Add the carcasses hanging in the back left of the picture and there's a obvious thought that comes to mind: field kitchen. The two blokes on the left look dressed more for cooking than fighting.

There's one type of container I'm pretty sure I can identify the contents of: the eartheware jugs. In the bottom right-hand corner you can see boxes of them, packed around with straw. They're exactly like the stone bottles brands of jenever wanting to look traditional are still packaged in.

There will probably be more of this. It's easier than coming up with real ideas.


Oblivious said...

The cane hooped barrel could well contain herring/mackerel

Ron Pattinson said...

Oblivious, I hadn't thought of that. After all, there is other food on display.