Photos WW1 French & Allied Forces


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French soldiers wearing gas masks in a trench, 1917. gas mask technology varied widely during the war, eventually developing into an effective defence, limiting the value of gas attacks in later years. Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Soldiers in trenches during write letters home. Life in the trenches was summed up by the phrase which later became well-known- Months of boredom punctuated by moments of extreme terror
French artillery officers relay instructions to adjust cannon fire in a trench on the front line, at an unknown location in France.

A French soldier aiming an anti-aircraft machine gun from a trench at Perthes les Hurlus, eastern France.
French troops throw rocks at advancing German troops from their hillside trench in the Vosges, 1916.

Ah yes, the Munition Lancée à la Main Pierre (L.M.P. modele 1889) in action...

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The Rhineland, Germany. 1919. A French Army Renault FT light tank of the 507e Régiment d’Artillerie Spéciale on the streets of the Allied occupied city of Wiesbaden. The FT would become one of the most influential and revolutionary tanks in history and saw service with various militaries up until 1949.
The German and French delegation pose at Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch’s rail car after the November 11, 1918, armistice ending World War I was signed.
Battle of Tardenois. French troops and a soldier of the British 62nd Division escorting German prisoners who are bringing back British and French wounded. Bois du Reims, 23 July 1918.
One hundred and two years ago today, on the 11th of November, 1918, World War I ended. Millions of people were killed, crippled, injured, or otherwise sacrificed some part of themselves in the largest conflict in human history until that point. It started in 1914 and spanned almost the entire world, from France and Germany to China, to Japan, to Indochina, to Africa and Russia and the Nordic states of Sweden, Finland, and Norway. The consequences and resolutions of that conflict have a direct and tangible influence on current events.
A Bulgarian Officer, Captain George St. Georgiev, would later write in his book "One Of The First Division" the following:
"One hundred and fifty thousand were sacrificed. One hundred and fifty thousand gave their lives. One life - one bullet. One bullet - two levs. Two leva are not worth half a loaf of bread. Two leva is not even worth giving to charity. Life is the most insignificant subject of exchange. The cheapest product to buy. Back then, life cost a few cents. It was worthless. Life was the least valuable. One hundred and fifty thousand were sacrificed. One hundred and fifty thousand gave their lives. So, did they not give anything? No. They gave everything."
View of two French 'poilus', both wearing rudimentary M2 gas masks, as they cautiously emerge from an underground bunker somewhere in France in 1918. The second French soldier seems to be holding an already obsolete Fusil modèle 1866 'Chassepot', a bolt action breech-loading rifle from the Franco-Prussian War era of 1870–1871. He also has a huge M1866 bayonet attached, identifiable from its curved blade. Both soldiers are wearing steel the Casque du modèle general Modèle 1915 'Adrian' helmet. The M15 on the soldier on the left has the emblem of the Gènie (Engineers, with the breastplate emblem) while the one on the right has the emblem of the Infanterie (Infantry regiment, with the flaming bomb emblem). (Photo by Roger Viollet via Getty Images)

Charge of a section of Zouaves over the Touvent plateau published by L'Illustration in 19 June 1915

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