While it is sometimes said, “War is Hell,” it is not necessarily that at all times in all places. An early ecologist, Charles Elton (if I recall correctly) once wrote something to the effect that, “Animals do not spend all their time struggling for existence, they spend most of their time doing nothing in particular.” (He was apparently responding to something written much earlier by Charles Darwin.) Elton’s phrase comes to mind when I look at this photo set of life in this army camp. In these photos we see solders not struggling for existence, as we mostly see in war movies, but just completing the simple tasks of life, which at times includes doing nothing in particular. Many of these photos had penciled captions on their backs, often including names of those in the photos. When possible these captions and name have been used as titles for these photos.
© Michael D. Marcus