British soldiers chopping up a tree to make logs, during World War I. With snowy ground all around them, it could be that this group of British soldiers were chopping up this tree so as to make firewood and kindling for a camp-fire, though some of this wood might have been destined for building purposes. Even at the best of times, living conditions in the frontline trenches were appalling. The combination of frost, snow and ice must have led to further outbreaks of illness and disease - not to mention the debilitating effect that such weather must have had on their mental health. [Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Tommies splitting up a tree for logs.'].