Portrait of a Chasseur à Cheval officer.
Beautiful Italian WWI postcard.
I wonder if he used a model or if it’s just an idealised male figure.
The artist used a model.
Pretty models are easier to find than ideals.
Carabinier Italien avec son masque.
Savoy Cavalry (3°).
Half an eye on the plate, half an eye on an enemy.
Soldier manning a Crapouillot mortar
The mortier de 58mm type N°2 was a medium trench mortar designed around the last weeks of 1914 by commandant Duchêne. One of the first pieces of standard-issue trench artillery of the French army, it consisted of a heavy baseplate and 58mm mortar firing finned bombs ranging in caliber from 60mm to 200mm, which were fitted in the muzzle of the gun on metal poles containing the propellant.
French soldiers carrying another model of the Crapouillot’s projectile, with more accurate proportions than the above illustration.
Although a successful design issued to various Entente power, the Crapouillot mortar alone could not fill the army’s requirement for trench artillery and was complemented by a slew of improvised grenade launching weapons. By the end of the war and with a production run of three full years, the mortiers de 58mm made up 70% of all French trench mortars.
Uhlans with captured Senegalese POWs.
Two boy scouts, 15 left and 16 right from Aachen, the latter wounded twice. German Army. 29.11.14.
Three Uhlans, German Army.