From our 'War Picture of the Week' Archive
A French soldier makes his toilet at a public fountain.
Picture made in a street in Reims, Northern France, 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: click on the picture on the right
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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