Archive for April, 2011
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
“Biscuits! Army Biscuits! Consider the hardness of them. Remember the cracking of your dental plate, the breaking of this tooth, the splintering of that.”
(From “Army biscuits” by Ormond Burton in “The ANZAC book”)
Does this bring to mind images of our troops at Gallipoli eating the ANZAC biscuits we know and love today? Contrary to popular belief there were no ANZAC biscuits at Gallipoli. The standard Army biscuit at this time was a rock-hard tooth breaker also called a ship’s biscuit.
Although it’s a myth that ANZAC biscuits were sent and eaten by troops in Gallipoli, some evidence suggests a rolled oats based biscuit was sent to troops on the Western Front, although this is not widespread.
Friday, April 8th, 2011
The impact of World War Two on fashion is explored in a new exhibition, Fashion At War currently on display at the National Army Museum.
During World War Two with the threat of Japanese invasion and importing goods difficult, shortages took hold and rationing of many items including clothing became necessary on the Home Front.