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Uniforms and Distinctive Badges – 1914: Part 1

Uniforms and Distinctive Badges – 1914: Part 1

I found this book in a scrapbook belonging to Major General Llewellyn Price-Davies.
Put together and published in the middle of 1914 it was given to officer of the first contingent of the BEF so that they could familiarise themselves with the uniforms and insignia of the nations they would come across.

Interesting that they used colourised photos of Belgian soldiers while having artists drawings for the French and Germans. Something to do with the relative unimportance of the Belgian military to the British perhaps?

Please forgive the fact that some of the photos turned out to be complete garbage.

French soldiers at a battlefield cemetary, Sep…

French soldiers at a battlefield cemetary, September 1914.

French troops in rifle pits on the front lin…

French troops in rifle pits on the front line near Le Plessier, 2 April 1918.

Crop’s coming in good this year.

Troops of the Polish Blue Army being reviewe…

Troops of the Polish Blue Army being reviewed by a French Army commander at the training centre at Sillé-le-Guillaume, 1917.

The Polish troops were outfitted with French horizon blue uniforms with traditional Polish czapkas.

German wounded in a temporary hospital in a …

German wounded in a temporary hospital in a French church, June 1918. With a group of captured French soldiers acting as orderlies.

French soldiers watching British troops marc…

French soldiers watching British troops marching out from their billets at Hardivillers, 2 April 1918.

Captured French soldiers being escorted to t…

Captured French soldiers being escorted to the German captivity, date unknown.

French troops with two carrier pigeons strap…

French troops with two carrier pigeons strapped in their travelling basket.

French gunners handling a new 145 mm naval g…

French gunners handling a new 145 mm naval gun at Hardecourt-aux-Bois, 22 October 1916.

Wounded French Colonial troops, captured dur…

Wounded French Colonial troops, captured during the Second Battle of the Marne, being given cigarettes by a German medical orderly, July 1918.