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French Troops moving up into action

French soldiers marching to the front line, France, during World War I. Dressed in their heavy army overcoats and carrying their long rifles, a group of French soldiers travels to the fighting. Note the protective coverings that the soldiers have placed on their rifles, so as to protect their weapons from adverse weather and ground conditions. This photograph looks a more 'natural' photograph, compared to many of the obviously 'staged' photographs that exist in Earl Haig's personal collection of World War I images.


[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. French Troops moving up into action.']

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Taken circa 1918