Episode 1: Tea

Ok.  So in this episode, I make tea.  I know how that sounds, it’s ridiculous!  However, this was a lot of fun and I found a lot of the facts really interesting! Also, I filmed this in a park at 5 am and right in the middle of my shot a runner deliberately ran between me and the camera, footage that I am sorely tempted to release.

Drinking under fire was supposed to be at least three, if not four episodes.  However, time and commitments put it on hold.  But who knows – maybe it will come back.

In the meantime – get yourself some tea!

All you need to make this:

♣ Loose Black Tea

♣ Sugar

♣ Condensed Milk

♣ Water

♣ Possibly an umbrella

Making the Tea is very easy: boil the water and add the ingredients And you are done!

References: Anon, Manual of Military Cooking and Dietary, Mobilisation, 1915 (London, 1915). G. Russel Elder, From Geordie Land to No Man’s Land (Bloomington, 2011). IWM 16692, Private Papers of H L North J. Brophy, and P. Patridge, The Long Trail, Soldiers Songs and Slang 1914-1918 (London, 1969). The War Office, The British Army Cook Book 1914 Reprint, (Gloucestershire, 2014). Alan Weeks, Tea, Rum and Fags, Sustaining Tommy 1914-1918, (Stroud, 2009).

 

Additional reading: R. Duffett. The Stomach for Fighting: Food and the Soldiers of the Great War (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012). Matthew Richardson, The Hunger War: Food, Rations and Rationing, 1914-1918 (Barnsley: Pen and Sword Military, 2015), p.11 A. Robertshaw, Feeding Tommy, Battlefield Recipes from the First World War, (Gloucestershire, 2013) D. Winter, Death’s Men: Soldiers of The Great War (London, 2014).

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