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I would like to borrow your coat old chap | by National Library of Scotland
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I would like to borrow your coat old chap

Two soldiers, one wearing a huge fur jacket, during World War I. This ray of humour and friendship in an otherwise bleak and depressing landscape is unfortunately unatrributable to any one war photographer. The landscape in the background is typical of a lot of scenes in this collection: muddy, flat and bombed-out. The two men in the centre of the scene, however, are the focus, especially as the left man's huge, white fur jacket draws the eye and invites curiosity. They are shaking hands across a muddy ditch which gives the scene an air of immediacy.


Sadly parts of this caption are now missing and so this quote is only fragmentary. This photograph occurs at the end of the collection and so both the captioning and storage were perhaps a little more haphazard with less attention to detail than those catalogued earlier.


[Original reads: 'I would like to borrow your coat old chap.']

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Taken circa 1918