Category: history

“The ex-kaiser is reported to be chopping wood…

“The ex-kaiser
is reported to be chopping wood. It’s a safe
bet he isn’t putting any of the chips on his shoulder…”

Summer 1919, The Spiker , published by the 18th Engineers, Somewhere
in France.

“Today, the broken and insolent Kaiser is sawing logs in
Holland. That is the end of him. It is the end of his caste and it is, as we
hope, the end of militarism and autocracy in the world, not only in the
military field but also in the political world.”

August
1919 – The National Liberal Convention, Ottawa

“The rest
of the morning would be spent in cutting and sawing wood. We have often heard that
this was his favorite pastime at Amerongen. In the whole of his stay he cut
down several thousands of trees. In his serge suit, collarless,
with his shirt slightly open at the neck, would the fallen monarch spend
most of his time—sawing, sawing, sawing!”

Americans in Occupied Belgium, 1914-1918

Image: Ex-kaiser Wilhelm II in exile after
WW1 at his favorite pastime – Great YouTube Video “First Pictures
Of Former German Kaiser In Exile”

French troops move the fuselage of a German Al…

French troops move the fuselage of a German Albatros C.1. through the streets of Salonika, 1916.

Officers of the Russian Military Mission at …

Officers of the Russian Military Mission at the French heavy artillery repair park of the Group of Armies North at La Neuville-Sire-Bernard, February 1917.

French Renault FT tanks resting after an attac…

French Renault FT tanks resting after an attack near Grisolles, 28 July 1918.

French gunners installing a battery of 155 Sch…

French gunners installing a battery of 155 Schneider guns in the field. The arrtillery tractor is named Marcelle. South of La Faloise, 6 April 1918.

A French gunner placing 164 mm shell cases, …

A French gunner placing 164 mm shell cases, still warmed by the explosion, in heaps by the railway gun, near Caix, August 1916.

Cases for artillery guns were collected, inspected and repaired for refilling and reuse on the Western Front. Many shell casings that you can buy today have stamps showing how many times the shell was reused.

French Schneider CA1 tanks on their way to t…

French Schneider CA1 tanks on their way to the station to be entrained for the offensive in the neighbourhood of Rheims, April 1917.

A French observation balloon in the air at t…

A French observation balloon in the air at the Vadenay aerodrome, 6 June 1917.

After slaugthering 30-50 feral hogs with his 1…

After slaugthering 30-50 feral hogs with his 155mm gun a French soldier shows an orphaned hog how he killed its parents.

A young wild boar named Guigui, captured and brought up by French artillerymen, and his master beside a 90mm field artillery gun, 23 July 1915.

Scene of the Gatehouse at Welbeck Abbey, Notti…

Scene of the Gatehouse at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire – Arthur Spooning, 1918.