Our WWII Foot Powder Box is a reproduction of an original WWII Foot Powder box in our collection.
Trench foot develops in as few as 13 hours, and, unlike frostbite, does not require freezing temperatures. A few days in 60 degree mud is enough to destroy a soldier’s foot and could lead to amputation. During the First World War, trench foot plagued the Army’s medical corps. Left to their own devices, soldiers were unlikely to take their boots off for days at a time, even if they had wet feet. For this reason, spare socks, foot powder, and foot inspections became a regular part of army life.
By WWII, the standard precautionary method to avoid trench foot involved fresh socks, dry boots, and plenty of foot powder. Period envelopes suggest applying powder twice a day. Although it was no longer carried by CO’s, it remained an issue item and was a component in the individual Jungle first aid kit.
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