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French troops lined up watching British Artillery passing through a village

Dressed in their traditional black berets which were called 'chasseurs', these French troops observe a convoy of British horse-drawn artillery passing through a village. Most of these French soldiers are wearing 'puttees', which was a form of protective stocking. While the British troops were known as 'Tommies', French soldiers were called 'Poilus', which translates as 'hairy ones'.

 

Distinct types of guns were employed for different purposes on the Western Front. For instance, field guns and howitzers of 75-105mm were generally used to support infantry attacks at the front line. Larger guns were deployed for shelling supply dumps and other targets positioned behind the enemys front line.

 

[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. French troops lined up watching British Artillery passing through a village.']

 

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Taken circa 1918