From our 'War Picture of the Week' Archive
A French soldier at the Place Royal in the city of Reims, France
Picture made in spring 1917.
The German army repeatedly attacked the old city of Reims. Shells brought heavy damage to the medieval buildings and to the famous cathedral. France sent thousands of soldiers to the city to defend it. Many poilu's had to find billets in the ruins. They ate and washed in the streets.
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