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.

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Following
the Battle of Cambrai in late 1917, the Germans found themselves in
possession of both the Battlefield and quite a large number of
knocked-out and abandoned Mk IV tanks. Almost immediately the Germans
began to salvage the tanks regardless of their condition. The
operational vehicles were repaired and the rest cannibalized for spare
parts.

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