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Veterinary history
Postcards during World War I
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IT is important to understand that many of the scenes depicted in First World War photographs (‘Postcards from the Front’ by C. Trenton Boyd and Bruce Vivash Jones, VR, February 21, 2015, vol 176, pp 192-194) were produced with posed Veterinary Officers (VOs) and do not represent the conditions in which many of the mobile veterinary sections had to operate in France and Belgium. As the authors correctly point out, the mud and the winter weather caused more suffering than casualties from enemy activities.

I have recently been working through the war diaries of the Essex Yeomanry and …

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