Category: military history

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.

French troops loading a Brandt pneumatic air…

French troops loading a Brandt pneumatic air gun at the centre of instruction for assault troops at Morry (Oise), 8 August 1917.

French troops resting in a mess room of an a…

French troops resting in a mess room of an armoured train at Villers-Daucourt, 31 May 1916.

A French sentry exams the passport and paper…

A French sentry exams the passport and papers of a French soldier on a road in Aisne, 1914.

French gunners manning a 160 mm artillery gu…

French gunners manning a 160 mm artillery gun on a revolving platform mounted on an armoured train at Villers-Daucourt, 1 June 1916.