Water Service

Tim Gosling looks at the ways the US Army provided a supply of clean water for their troops during World War One

Joining the Allied effort against Germany after World War One had been raging for almost three years, the United States had the advantage of having observed how the French and British Armies had approached a range of supply problems. Maintaining a supply of fresh water to the front-line troops might not sound particularly difficult, but with local water supplies being undrinkable (due to disease and occasionally being deliberately poisoned) and each fighting man requiring approximately half a gallon of water a day, the constant supply of fresh water became a very important issue.

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