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From Sheer To Sergeant, Wool In War

Posted on Apr 18, 2019 by in The OFI Blog |

Dr. Trish FitzSimons, a Queensland Smithsonian Fellow at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) has recently tracked how the expansion of the wool trade enabled the development of modern warfare in the twentieth century. After all, every solider needs to be clothed and protected from the elements, the more wool there was the more solders that could be outfitted. Her research has culminated in four short documentaries and a traveling museum exhibit tour.

Griffith University, a stop on Dr. Trish FitzSimons tour, wrote an article covering the topic, which is available here.

The expansion of wool allowed for the trench warfare that characterized World War I