Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 104
with the assistance of the French Troops freed for a short period from their military duties to lend a hand, it should all be in before the bad weather commences. In the Dunkirk area both French & Belgian troops are working in the fields & it is estimated that they will finish getting in the harvest in a fortnight.
On account of the heavy drain on the purse of the French nation in keeping up the war, practically all food commodities are taxed. There is also a fixed price for everything to be sold at & proclamations or "arrêtés" on these subjects appear from time to time, issued by General Eydoux, Military Governor of the North. The people living just behind the firing line & in the neighbourhood of the Front don't mind how much they charge British troops