Category: french army

French troops at the rifle grenade practise …

French troops at the rifle grenade practise at Coxyde Bains, 29 January 1917.

Lieutenant Grotard of the French 43rd Infant…

Lieutenant Grotard of the French 43rd Infantry Division with his grenade thrower “La Grotadine” at Chalons-sur-Vesle, 21 February 1916.

French soldiers, amongst them Chasseurs Alpi…

French soldiers, amongst them Chasseurs Alpins, manning motor searchlights, 22 February 1916.

French Indo-Chinese Marine Infantry (Tiraill…

French Indo-Chinese Marine Infantry (Tirailleurs indochinois) of either the 1st or 2nd Battalion Tirailleurs Annamites rest in a military camp near Salonika soon after their arrival in Macedonia, May 1916.

French gunners manning a heavy railway howit…

French gunners manning a heavy railway howitzer.

A French soldier standing in difficult and m…

A French soldier standing in difficult and muddy terrain in Argonne, 1914.

French troops looking at ruins of the church…

French troops looking at ruins of the church at Flirey from a communication trench, 15 March 1918.

A group of French engineers repairing a dama…

A group of French engineers repairing a damaged cottage in the village of St. Genevieve, 1915.

Poilu concealed in roots of a tree, reading a …

Poilu concealed in roots of a tree, reading a letter.

The original caption states that this is on the Eastern Front, but apart from the Romanian campaign, I wasn’t aware of any French troops being sent to the east. I know the British and the Belgians sent many of their armoured car units to Russia when they realised how little utility they had in the West. Maybe the French did the same? Or maybe this is just Romania and the archives didn’t get much info?

A French 190 mm gun on moving turret platfor…

A French 190 mm gun on moving turret platform mounted in an armoured train at Villers-Dancourt, 31 May 1916.