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L'entonnoir

Another word linked to the Great War: entonnoir is a French word which means funnel. This name was given to the gigantic craters created by mines’ explosions (indeed the shape is very similar) and these… 30 more words

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Carrying wounded soldiers

A rather strange picture for today, found in an Italian book. These Russian prisoners are carrying wounded German soldiers, but the context doesn’t help to understand why these men had to carry these wounded men. 11 more words

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Paroli

I was searching pics of pairs of soldiers and I’ve found this one of two K.u.K. (Austro-Hungarian) officers. They wear the classical Feldkappe with some… 37 more words

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Gay-friendly

This picture would deserve a long comment, but I am very late today… I sometimes find in my collection some pictures like this one:

Seen with 21th century eyes, this scene looks very gay friendly, and I always wonder what is the story behind such pictures. 47 more words

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Tall soldier vs. short soldier, part II

Let’s go further in our series of tall/short pairs, with these two doughboys in full equipment. When I look at such pictures, I always wonder if these men were real friends, or if the photographer was a sadistic man…

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Tall soldier vs. short soldier

The photographs of tall and small soldiers portrayed together are rather classic. Here’s one from my collection featuring two doughboys, note the way the overseas cap is worn by the short soldier to make him look taller!

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Awkward Design

Eventually! My readers may remember the a discussion about the design of revolver holsters in US Army during the Great War (see the comments in… 37 more words

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