Happy Scottish troops on New Year's Day

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    Accompanied by their pipers, Scottish troops congregate outside their huts to cheer and raise their bonnets on New Years Day. Dressed in their kilts and Tam OShanter hats, these soldiers would have been resting in billet huts behind the front line. The wooden platforms that were used to bridge the mud and puddles between the huts can also be seen.

    It is highly likely that this image would have been used in an attempt to raise morale back in the UK. Publishing photographs of happy, smiling soldiers while they are on leave from the trenches and during the festive period, would have established the sort of unquestioning climate desired by the authorities.

    [Original reads: 'BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTO FROM THE WESTERN FRONT. Happy Scottish troops on New Year's Day.']

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