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No-Mans Land Seen From A French Observation Post
Autochrome color picture, made on June 16, 1917.


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Picture The Destruction of Reims

The towers of the cathedral in Reims.
Picture made in 1917.



Picture The Destruction of Reims (2)

Reims was one of the most beautiful cities of France, until hit by bombardment after bombardment.
This picture, made in 1917, shows the university area. In the background stands the cathedral, heavily damaged.



Picture Lunch

A soldier's lunch at the Place Royal in the city of Reims, France.
Picture made in 1917.



Picture Shelter

Group of French soldiers in front of the entry of a shelter.
Picture made in 1917, near the village Hirtzbach on the frontline in Northern France.



Picture Posing Senagalese Soldiers

Senegalese French soldiers.
Picture made near the village of Baschwiller, North-Eastern France, 1917



Picture Soup

French soldiers having soup.
Picture made near the village of Largitzen, Northern France, 1917.

Picture Trench

French trench.
Photographer unknown. Picture made c. 1916.



Picture Destroyed

Group of French soldiers in front of a destroyed house, near the village of Eglingen in the French department of Haut-Rhin.
Picture made in June 1917.

Picture Laundry

Senegalese soldiers washing their linen in troughs on a farmyard near Saint-Ulrich.
Picture made in June 1917.

Picture More Washing

French soldiers doing a wash in troughs.

Picture And More Washing...

French soldiers doing a wash near a source.

Picture And then drying

Shirts and towels drying in the sun.

Picture Observation Post

Entry of an Observation Post. In front of the entry, there is a panel indicating "Bowels of CÚsar".
Picture made near the village of Hirtzbach, 1917.

Picture Devastated

Landscape on the frontline.
Picture made in 1916/



Picture Observateur

French observator in a trench of the first line.
Picture made in June 1917, near the village of Hirtzbach, Northern France.

Picture Heure de Repos

Heure de Repos: Resting hour. A group of Senegalese soldiers take a brake during a long march.
Picture made in June 1917, near the village of Saint-Ulrich.



Picture Mystery Machine

Unknown prototype. The picture was taken outside the Farman aircraft factory in France. Some specialists doubt whether this plane ever advanced much beyond this prototype stage.



Picture Women Workers

Picture made inside the Farman aircraft factory, 1917.



Picture On The Look-Out

Looking out from Observation Station 26, on the frontline near the village of Eglingen in Northern France.
Picture made in 1917.

Picture Cemetery

Soldiers have been using the cemetery next to the church of Gildwiller to bury their fallen comrades.
Picture made in 1917.



Picture Hairy

Just behind the trenches of the first line. A soldier is having his hair cut. The others wait for their turn.
In the middle the entry of a shelter. On the slope with barbed wire there is a sign announcing Line of resistance.
Picture made near the village of Hirtzbach, 1917.

Picture Church in Ruins

The church of Seppois, Northeastern France, after a heavy bombardment.
Picture made in 1917.

Picture Sunshine

The sun shines in the destroyed church.
Picture made in 1917.

Picture Punishment

German Prisoners-of-War look on how French soldiers do their punishment duty.
Photograph made in 1915



Picture Behind Sandbags

Three French soldiers in observation behind sand bags.
Picture made near Hirtzbach, 1917.

Picture Theatre

Soldiers in front of a theatre tent, 1917.
Picture made near Saint-Ulrich.

Picture Girl

Girl playing with her doll.
Picture made in 1917 in Reims.



Picture Portrait

Sar Tinder from Senegal, soldier of the 7th regiment of artillery.
Picture made on June 22, 1917 near the village of Ballersdorf in Northern France.



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Sources: Many pictures come from our own collection. Others were found in books, and some elsewhere on the Internet - RR.