Red caps and trousers has been the uniform of French soldiers sinds Napoleon's days
Although these vivid colors provided the enemy with a good target, France had no time to equip the army with khaki, and in August 1914 the poilu's took the field in historic garb.
On this picture French infantry soldiers march by a monument of Napoleon near the village of Vauchamps, in the department of the Marne. It was in this region that the French finally stopped the German advance - despite their red colors.
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