British women sort through donated American guns for the Home Guard.
“When the ships from America approached our shores with their priceless arms special trains were waiting in all the ports to receive their cargoes,” Churchill recalled. “The Home Guard in every county, in every town, in every village, sat up all through the […]
British troops in Northern Ireland, 1971
Hard to use those face shields and still get a sight picture…
French soldier standing over German dead. Souain, France, ca. 1915.(Bibliotheque Nationale de France Francois-Mitterrand)
French bicycle soldier with an 1892 Berthier carbine
Not just any bicycle, but a folding Gladiator bicycle!
He can also use it as a rifle rest!
Or camouflage and cover…?
You can see the entire 13-photo set here. Thanks to Denny for pointing these pictures out!
French Poilu attacking uphill in the Argonne in 1915
Belgian soldier smokes a cigarette during a fight between Dendermonde and Oudegem Belgium in 1914.
This is a really good photo of a Belgian Maxim, although it appears to be staged – the man has his thumbs on the trigger, but there does is not ammo belt in the gun.
These four Italian soldiers, all of them wearing the Model 1909 uniform, belong to the Regia Guardia di Finanza ( Royal Finance Police) and they have three different types of badges on their hats.
From left to right: The soldier without a hat is a sergeant holding a Beretta Model 1915 pistol […]
An old French couple, M. and Mme. Baloux of Brieulles-sur-Bar, France, under German occupation for four years, greeting soldiers of the 308th and 166th Infantries upon their arrival during the American advance. November 6, 1918. (click to enlarge)
This is a pretty widely-published photo, but it sure is a good one. It also shows […]
German soldiers joking with siege weaponry (from the Kriegsberichter archive)
Somehow I don’t think the binoculars are particularly necessary…
German troops demonstrating use of a WWI flamethrower
Note how this, like many early flamethrowers, was a two-man affair. One carried the tanks and the other aimed and fired the projector.