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French Soldier 'Le Poilu' During World War I

French Soldier 'Le Poilu' During World War I

A French Poilu, translated this is a warmly informal term for a French World War I infantryman, meaning, literally, hairy one.

A French Poilu, translated this is a warmly informal term for a French World War I infantryman, meaning, literally, hairy one.

French troops, 1917.

French troops, 1917.

A strongman in the French army lifting a cannon overhead along with three of his comrades astride it, 1917.

The Most Powerful Images Of World War I

A strongman in the French army lifting a cannon overhead along with three of his comrades astride it, 1917.

[#14/18] Soldat français anonyme, le "poilu" sur le front Ouest, 1916 © DR.

[#14/18] Soldat français anonyme, le "poilu" sur le front Ouest, 1916 © DR.

William Noble, Alexander Dawson and John Harper of the 72nd Highlanders. My personal favourite - absolutely hard as nails!! The artist left some discolouration on the beards though.

William Noble, Alexander Dawson and John Harper of the 72nd Highlanders. My personal favourite - absolutely hard as nails!! The artist left some discolouration on the beards though.

WW1 soldiers were encumbered with a variety of kit, the total weight of which often exceeded 20 kilos. Here, a Sergeant of the Australian Infantry poses for the photographer in full marching order. He carries plenty of bandoliers for his Lee-Enfield rifle. His helmet is slung over his left shoulder. His backpack contains dry rations for at least 3 days.

WW1 soldiers were encumbered with a variety of kit, the total weight of which often exceeded 20 kilos. Here, a Sergeant of the Australian Infantry poses for the photographer in full marching order. He carries plenty of bandoliers for his Lee-Enfield rifle. His helmet is slung over his left shoulder. His backpack contains dry rations for at least 3 days.

I cannot express to you how much I love this picture.  Is it the look on the french soldier's face? the black and grey?  the outfit?

I cannot express to you how much I love this picture. Is it the look on the french soldier's face? the black and grey? the outfit?

A US army chaplain and a young German POW 1918

A US army chaplain and a young German POW 1918

British soldier with fixed bayonet, First World War, 1914-1918.

British soldier with fixed bayonet, First World War, 1914-1918.

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