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Alcohol in the trenches: the rum ration


The daily rum ration to British troops has its roots in the British Navy, dating back to the mid 17th Century when Britain captured Jamaica from Spain. Up until then, beer had been the staple beverage – and in some prodigious quantity, as the daily ration was eight pints! With the introduction of rum to the Navy, senior ratings would receive nea...

Ep.242 – Sex, Violence and Alcohol: some after-effects of the Great War - Frances Hurd


In this podcast from Tom Thorpe, Historian Frances Hurd talks about her research into how the traumatic impact of the First World War affected former veterans and their families. Frances quotes the author Hugh McManners (a Falklands veteran) who said that ‘war is the most traumatic life event that any human can experience, a damaging combinatio...