French WWI poster
Text: “A Day of free territories. After we win, we will rebuild.“
Day of Freed Territories
After the victory, let’s get to work !!
Helmet for officers K. K. dragoner, M1905
Austrian cavalry Italian front, the helmets have had ornaments removed.
Corporal Walter Norman Ellis, Service Nº1917 27th Battalion and the 5th Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Australian Imperial Force. Summer 1915.
Two French troops in a front line trench, using a box periscope to look over the top in Argonne, 1915.
Why an Obsolete Sword Design from 1845 was Reintroduced in 1915
This is a model 1845/55 French infantry officers sabre. It was produced in chatellerault in 1915.
Officially, the 1845/55 pattern was replaced by the 1882 pattern. However due to the war, the French decided to start producing the 45’s again as they already had tooling for that. As a result, some 30,000 of these were made during WWI.
The hilt is gilt Arco, an alloy of copper, charcoal and zinc, potentially also tin. It has a distinctive reddish appearance under the gilding. The 1882 used a “German silver” alloy for the guard – also a copper alloy.
The blade is plain steel (without a nickel coating) – unlike the 1882 which is nickel coated.
It features one broad fuller and one narrow fuller on each side. The 1882 has offset fullers.
The Gallipoli campaign.
Men of the Légion étrangère and Chasseurs d’Afrique seen in camp at Sedd el Bahr, sorting out salvaged kit and equipment.
Bayonet attack. Artist Georges Bertin Scott
Italian Alpini, Great War