Photos of Soldiers Bonding Over Tea During World War II

1. A soldier with the 2/7th Middlesex Regiment of the British Army shares a cup of tea with an American Infantryman in the Anzio bridgehead.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN ITALY 1944
  10 February 1944 © IWM (NA 11770)

2. A wounded soldier, evacuated from Normandy, enjoys a cup of tea on a hospital train.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-45

7 June 1944 © IWM (H 39254)

3. Texans technicians with Stetsons drink tea or coffee, somewhere in the North of England. One of the men is pouring evaporated or condensed milk from a tin into his mug.

ANGLO-AMERICAN RECIPROCAL AID: AMERICANS IN BRITAIN, 1942

AMERICANS IN BRITAIN, 1942 © IWM (D 11805)

4. Evacuated troops enjoying tea and other refreshments at Addison Road station, London.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UK: EVACUATION FROM DUNKIRK, MAY-JUNE 1940

EVACUATION FROM DUNKIRK, 31 May 1940 © IWM (H 1632)

5. An American pilot enjoying a cup of tea with some of his fellow British Pilots.

ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

8 December 1941 © IWM (CH 4110)

6. A Roman Catholic padre, Father Condron, gives a cup of tea to a wounded soldier.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944-1945

6 October 1944 © IWM (B 10585)

7. The troops being served with tea during the Battle of Crete. 16,500 were evacuated, including 2000 Greeks. The rest were left dead or prisoners in German hands.

THE BATTLE FOR CRETE, 20 - 31 MAY 1941

THE BATTLE FOR CRETE, 20 – 31 MAY 1941 © IWM (E 3295)

8. New Zealand members of the LRDG pause for tea in the Western Desert.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA 1941

27 March 1941 © IWM (E 2307)

9. The crew of ‘Deepcut’, a Priest 105mm self-propelled gun, have a cup of tea and play a hand of cards during a lull in fighting.

THE BRITISH ARMY IN BURMA 1945

Burma, 7 March 1945 © IWM (SE 3335)

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