French soldiers in Chad in 1971
The man in the front has an FR-F1, a French-issue sniper’s rifle roughly based on the MAS-36. The man others appear to have MAS 49/56 semiauto rifles. And of course, it wouldn’t be a desert deployment in the 70s without short-shorts!
French and British troops on the Somme, 1918
Actions of the Somme Crossings. Men of the 20th British Division and the 22nd French Division in hastily dug rifle pits covering a road, Nesle sector, 25th March 1918.
the Frenchman in the foreground has a Modele 1892 Mosqueton, and the British man behind him […]
Biafran troops, circa 1968
The Republic of Biafra was supported by Czechoslovakia during its brief existence, and the men here are equipped with a Czech ZB-53 machine gun and what appears to be a CZ-47 or CZ-247 submachine gun.
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 […]