The Great War, I was there - Part 2

M |—mm m _____ •*.•—.KNOWN TO ALL SERVING SOLDIERS: HUMOURS OF TRANSPORT IN CATTLE TRUCKS An immense strain was put on the resources of the French railways in transportation requirements in the early days of the war. Every bit of rolling stock, no matter how old and dilapidated, was brought into service and goods wagons were used when passenger coaches ran short. The inscription seen on the left of most of the trucks,“ 8 horses, 40 men ”—soon to become a commonplace of war travel in France— appealed to the Tommies as a humorous comparison of the respective worth of man and beast, and in this case one of them has added a little bit of humour of his own, but it had a double meaning, for these men were indeed about to strike, and strike hard, against the enemy.
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