The grater

As you may have understood, I am more interested in paper and photographic documents linked to the Great War than to objects, and indeed I own only a few relics linked to this war (still too much, according to my wife).

But yesterday, I found in a flea market for a very reasonable price (3 euro) a wonderful and – as far as I am concerned – moving object linked to the Great War: a trench-made grater.

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it’s built from the upper part of an Italian mess tin, and some unknown Italian soldier has made holes in it, probably with a nail. The spikes are in the inside of the tin, and are helpful to get grated bread, or more probably grated cheese. This was a simple but very efficient way to make trench pasta more tasty, wasn’t it?

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