Old Photos of Witham

Mobile Baths, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, at Wouenhaus in WW2

Taken: 8 April 1945, Ref: M1921

Mobile Bath, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, at Wouenhaus in WW2. I got this because the 2nd Mobile Bath Unit of the British Army was stationed in Witham at least 1941-42, and it is hard to find pictures of what they did. The background given on the web site for this picture is ‘Perhaps the most important such service was rendered by RCOC Mobile Laundry and Bath Units in Italy and Northwest Europe, which offered front line soldiers a hot bath or shower and clean socks, shirts, underwear, and uniforms. Sometimes they could even sleep the night in tents. The importance of something so completely taken for granted today cannot be underestimated in a context where men could go for days on end without even taking their boots off’. The caption for the picture was: ‘Wouenhaus, 8 April 1945. Alongside division axis of advance just behind the fluid armoured front, mobile bath is set up. A small stream nearby and enough gasoline to run water heater and many have the chance of the first bath since the beginning of the push across the Rhine’.

PhotographerAlexander M. Stirton, Department of National Defence / National Archives of Canada, PA-198131.
Date taken8 April 1945
SourceWeb site. http://www.junobeach.org/e/4/can-tac-sup-ord-e.htm
Posted on Full size 600 × 578

Unless otherwise specified, photos are the copyright of the original photographer.

Every effort has been made to contact the owners of the photos or their relatives, to obtain their permission to use their pictures. But I have not always managed to find them, for which I apologise.

The photos appear in the order they were catalogued. Use Search to look for photos showing particular people, places etc.