British soldiers in a reserve trench queuing for dinner, during World War I. This image shows soldiers in a reserve trench queuing up for their dinner rations. The metal containers carried by the soldiers are called 'bully tins’, while the big cooking pot that contains the food is called a 'dixie’. When no 'dixies’ were available, petrol cans or old jam jars were requisitioned and carried through the communication trenches in straw-lined boxes. As transporting food to the front line was a hazardous task, hot meals were often cold by the time they reached the trenches. Prior to conscription and before the unrestricted German submarine offensive had its effect, British troops received ten ounces of meat and eight ounces of vegetables a day. By 1916, however, they were rationed to six ounces of meat a day. When the army claimed that the troops received two hot meals a day, 200,000 soldiers wrote letters stating that this claim was not true. [Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Dinner time in a reserve trench.'].