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South African Infantry in their glory

A large group of soldiers having a good time. They are all stamping their feet and brandishing anything that comes to hand, from walking sticks to swords. It is all being done in a light-hearted fashion, with most of the men pulling funny faces and smiling. Many of the soldiers are wearing kilts and balmorals. They appear to be standing on sand.

 

Scenes such as this were commonly used as propaganda, intended to boost morale amongst the troops and strengthen bonds of comradeship.

 

[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. - South African Infantry in their glory.']

 

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Taken circa 1918