This cartoon first appeared in the magazine The Bystander in 1917.
Who would have thought that raspberry jam would be so important to the war effort? This cartoon shows an officer concerned about feeding his soldiers in the middle of a battle.
Although it is the subject of a joke here, keeping track of supplies is a very necessary part of army life.
Things to think about...
- What do you think life in the trenches was like - would officers really be concerned about jam? Why?
Students can learn about about the artist, Bruce Bairnsfather, with this resource from the Illustrated London News' archive.
For a more general guide, they can look at Show Me's Topic Guide to the First World War.
- Colonel Fitz-Shrapnel receives the following message from G.H.Q' 'Please let us know, as soon as possible, the number of tins of raspberry jam issued to you last Friday.'' This is an example of humorous critique of trench life and bureaucracy in the First World War by Bruce Bairnsfather.
- This cartoon first appeared in the magazine The Bystander in 1917.