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Australian General Base Depot in Havre, France (c. 1918)

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Australian General Base Depot in Havre, France (c. 1918)
This lantern slide, “Australian General Base Depot in Havre, France (c. 1918),” shows the rear of the Australian General Base Depot in Havre, France during World War I. A large group of soldiers pose for the photograph along the porch. Australian soldiers arriving in France, whether reinforcements or “casuals” (those returning from hospitals), went to Base Depots before deployment to the front. All drafts, although they had already passed in England as fully trained, were subjected to further tests, a strict medical check, and at least ten days of additional training.
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Lantern Slide Collection
World War, 1914-1918
International Young Men's Christian Association
Lantern slides
Canteens (Facilities)
3.25x3.25 in
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Originally built in Etaples, France, the Australian Base Depots moved to Harfleur, near Le Havre, in June 1917, in order to save shipping time. Base Depots were built for each Division, and the General Base Depot was used for those not assigned to divisions (excluding infantry and pioneers). This slide is part of a series depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
Minor discoloration in center of image; Text in border reads, "Australian Y.M.C.A Historical Record Section; Havre Rear View AGBD, Gestony[?] Hut."
Part of the Australian Y.M.C.A. WWI Lantern Slide Series