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Beds and Sleeping

German soldiers slept in a variety of locations. When in Barracks the soldiers each had is own bunk with blankets and heat. When in the field conditions varried dramatically. Most soldiers slept wherever they were able. Sometimes they slept in zelts, other times in buildings and often (especially for troops in combat) in a muddy hole in the ground. Where possible they slept on piles of straw and often had a blanket to keep them warm. For the average soldier, sleep must have been a welcome escape from the horrors of war. The lack of a comfortable bed must surely have been overridden by mental and physical exhaustion. 

These photographs were taken from a number of online sources and auction sites.  They are presented here for educational purposes.  

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