Original 1942 Photo-Journalism Article
Would make an excellent and unique present for that special person, ideal to display at home, at a business, shop or cafe etc.
7 page sides (size approx of each page 13x10 inches) with photographs.
Article written by Macdonald Hastings
INSIDE THE GLASSHOUSE: FIRST PICTURES EVER TAKEN
The gates of the army’s Detention Barracks have been opened to admit photographer and
journalist. They have brought back the first complete record of what happens inside the Glasshouse.
SEE PHOTOS BELOW
The Entrance to the Military Detention Barracks at Aldershot
For a hundred years, these gates have closed behind soldiers sentenced to detention under military law. For a hundred years, soldiers have wondered exactly what happens to the men who are put inside. After a hundred years, the army has allowed the answer to appear.
IN THE ALDERSHOT GLASSHOUSE: Day Begins
The men are marched out on to the- square. The wire mesh—visible in this picture—divides each “floor” of the barracks. It’s there to prevent accidents in case anything is dropped over the balconies.
The Daily Roll Call
Whenever the men return to barracks, a careful roll call is taken. Escape attempts are infrequent.
Morning Parade on the Square
Soldiers under sentence are still regarded as soldiers under training. The equipment on the ground belongs to a P. T.squad having a work-out in the gymnasium.
How the Time of Long-Sentence Men is Occupied: One of the Workshops
To relieve the monotonv of parades, the men are given jobs in the workshops. Here they’re repairing army “biscuits” (mattresses). They are also put to chopping wood. In all the pictures in this series, the faces of the soldiers under sentence—for obvious reasons—have been made unrecognisable.
How the Food is Issued
Outside the kitchen, the cooks stand guard over the bread ration. The food is wholesome but monotonous.
How the Soldiers Under Sentence Have to Parade at Mealtimes
The men go to the kitchens to collect their food, return ,to eat it in their “rooms.” At Aldershot, they have to put on steel helmets and respirators for this parade. It’s to check their equipment.
HOW A SOLDIER UNDER SENTENCE LIVES IN THE GLASSHOUSE
This man is an old offender. He has been sentenced before. So, this time—instead of going to a hutted camp—he has been put in the Glasshouse proper. Bare boards, barred windows, whitewashed walls. He sleeps behind locked doors, and alone. But his room is ‘centrally heated and air-conditioned.
WHAT THE ALDERSHOT GLASSHOUSE LOOKS LIKE FROM THE INSIDE
The building which gave the Glasshouse its name. This, the original Military Detention Barracks at Aldershot, was nicknamed the Glasshouse because it has a glass roof. And ‘ou can see the glass roof in the picture. Only long-sentence men are now sent here. There are special camps for the others.
A First Offender Arrives Under Escort
Carrying his equipment wrapped up in his greatcoat, a soldier under sentence reports to the sergeant.
In the Lecture Hall, the Inspector of Military Prisons Gives the Soldiers Under Sentence a Talking To
“You’re not bad fellows at heart,” says Colonel J. Fraser, D.S.O., D.C.M., “but you haven’t realised your responsibilities to your country and your units. That’s why you’re here. Now you’re here, we’re going to try and make good fighting men of you.” Afterwards, the men hear a lecture on current affairs.
They Learn to Become Intelligent Soldiers
The soldiers who get themselves into trouble are usually the stupid ones. They need a longer arid more thorough training than the average man.
The Toughening Process Begins
When they arrive, many of the men are in poor physical condition.Trained P. T. instructors take them in hand. The men soon get fit.
They Are Drilled on “Commando” Lines
The Detention Barracks is equipped with a first-class assault course where the men are inculcated with the fighting spirit. Most of them thrive on it.
They Are Given a Thorough Arms Training
The discipline in the Military Detention Barracks is strict, but not stricter than the discipline of the Brigade of Guards.
They Are Taught to Use a Mortar
The soldiers in the Detention Barracks are constituted as members of a fighting unit. In invasion, all sentences will be suspended or cancelled.
Where the Soldiers Under Sentence Live
Compare this with the picture on page 8. Young and first offenders live in huts together, are allowed to talk, and lead a fairly normal barrack life.
The article is in good condition (minor blemishes associated with the articles age,there may be small rust marks where staples were once) and complete.
The article has been removed from a magazine of the time and is held in a display sleeve that is card backed (acid free for document preservation purposes).
Despatched in a cardboard backed A3 sized envelope with "DO NOT BEND" marked on the front.
(blackcountrymems text on photos shown is a digital watermark and it is obviously not printed anywhere on the article itself)
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