May 29 1918 During the The Third Battle of the Aisne war photographer John Warwick Brooke takes this photo, IWM Q 6676, of French infantry marching past a British regimental band resting by the roadside near the Passy-sur-Marne pass. Possibly the 8th (Service) Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment.

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29 May 1918
Production date: 1918-05-29



Uniform of the Czechoslovakian Legion of the French Army from 1918 on display at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna

The demands of the war required France to accept foreign nationals from other countries such as Poland, America and Czechoslovakia. In March 1916, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, later the first president of Czechoslovakia, secured a promise from the French government to expand the participation of Czechoslovaks on the Western Front. 

The Adrian helmet bears the arms of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia. The Lion of Bohemia was emblazoned upon the flag the foreign legion formed in 1914. 

Photographs taken by myself 2016


Poilu, 297e Régiment d’Infanterie
Field portrait of a fully equipped French infantryman from 297e Régiment d’Infanterie circa 1916. This regiment was formed at the outbreak of the Great War and participated in the fighting in the Alsace region at the end of 1914. Around the time this photo was taken, the regiment was fighting at Verdun, in particular in the area of Thiaumont.