1. Ruins on the Western Front

Snow-Covered Ruins on the Western Front, 1919, by W F C Holden.


2. The Asiago Plateau, Italy

a view of the Asiago Plateau in the Italian Alps. The ground is completely covered by snow, with a single wooden cross marking a grave in the left foreground. There are several small rocky ledges in the foreground and many trees in the middle distance, including a dense forest towards the left. On the horizon are the slopes and peaks of the mountains.
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A View on the Asiago Plateau, Looking West, by Gerald S Hervey.


3. The Dockyard in Rosyth

A Corner of the Dockyard, Rosyth: Winter, 1918, by Charles Pears.


4. Transport Trucks on the Western Front

Transport in the Winter, by J B Morrall.


5. Refugees : '...pray ye that your flight be not in the winter...' Matt XXIV 20

Refugees: '...Pray Ye That Your Flight Be Not in the Winter...' Matt XXIV 20,1945, by Mary Kessell


6. A VAD Convoy, Italy : a car skidding in the snow on a mountain

A VAD Convoy, Italy: A Car Skidding in the Snow on a Mountain, by Olive Mudie-Cooke


7. Artillery Drivers on the Italian Front

Four artillery drivers in shirt sleeves, sharing a bucket of water and washing. The ground is covered with snow and Red Cross ambulances are parked in the woodland to the upper left of the composition.
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Artillery Drivers in the Snow, Italian Front, 1914, by A Neville Lewis.


8. HMS Courageous at Rosyth

HMS Courageous in Dry Dock, at Rosyth. Winter., 1919, by Charles Pears.


9. Over the Italian Alps

Camel Scouts on Patrol, 1918, by Sydney Carline.


10.An ATS Camp at Tuxford, Notts

AN ATS Camp at Tuxford, Notts, 1958, by Beatrice Lithiby


11. Long Hope, Orkney

Long Hope, 1917. Orkney., by John Lavery.


12. Alexandra Palace, London

Deep Over-Night Fallen Snow, 1916, by George Kenner.


13.Bomb Devastation: Haberdashers' Aske's School, Acton

Bomb Devastation: Haberdashers' Aske's School, Acton, 1942, by Anne F Wilson


14. France

A scene showing distribution of rations among British soldiers billeted in a ruined farmhouse. A horse-drawn cart is delivering the rations in the left foreground. Some women are mingling with the soldiers, one holding a large basket. A woman is ploughing a field in upper left background. There is snow on the ground, and the roofs of buildings, and most of the figures wear long overcoats.
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In Billets, Winter: Rations Up, 1921, by Herbert A Budd.

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