World War I in France Photos

History of World War I (WWI) from the French Perspective

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General Mobilization order issued by French government in 1914 at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.French conscription number lithograph showing early WWI planes & balloons at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.World War I poster to remember German invasion by Imp. Chaix of Paris at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Peugeot barbed wire cutter at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
General Mobilization order issued by French government in 1914 at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.French conscription number lithograph showing early WWI planes & balloons at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.World War I poster (1915) to remember German invasion by Imp. Chaix of Paris at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Peugeot barbed wire cutter (model 1915) at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Trench painting by Georges Scott at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Return to the Trenches engraving by Christopher R.W. Nevinson at Caen Memorial. Caen, France.Assault under Gas engraving by Otto Dix at Caen Memorial. Caen, France.58 mm T model mortar & ammunition at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Trench painting (before 1935) by Georges Scott at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Return to the Trenches engraving (1916) by Christopher R.W. Nevinson at Caen Memorial. Caen, France.Assault under Gas engraving (1924) by Otto Dix at Caen Memorial. Caen, France.58 mm T model mortar (1915) & ammunition at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Taxi Renault G7 which on Sept. 7, 1941 delivered c6000 French troops from Paris in 670 taxis to frontline combat against invading Germans at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Unic Taxi-Cab from France used as an ambulance in WWI at Forney Museum. Denver, CO.Zouaves uniform from Algeria at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.WWI caricature cards by Paul Dufresne at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.
Taxi Renault G7 (aka Taxi de la Marne) which on Sept. 7, 1941 delivered c6000 French troops from Paris in 670 taxis to frontline combat against invading Germans at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Unic Taxi-Cab (1909) from France used as an ambulance in WWI at Forney Museum. Denver, CO.Zouaves uniform (1914-5) from Algeria at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.WWI caricature cards (1914) by Paul Dufresne at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.
Metal cap worn by soldiers to protect skull used before development of Adrian helmet in 1915 at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Collection of WWI helmets at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.General Adrian's WWI kepi at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Copy of French infantry kepi worn in 1914 at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Metal cap worn by soldiers to protect skull used before development of Adrian helmet in 1915 at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Collection of WWI helmets at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.General Adrian's WWI kepi (cap) at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Copy of French infantry kepi (cap) worn in 1914 at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Helmet of a Prussian infantry officer at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Self portrait in WWI French army uniform by Joseph-Félix Bouchor at Vannes Museum of Beaux Arts. Vannes, France.Scene at WWI HQ of General Fayolle with H.G. Wells, Henry Bidou, war artist J.F. Bouchor & J. Reinach painting by Joseph-Félix Bouchor at Vannes Museum of Beaux Arts. Vannes, France.Personal items of Canadian Expeditionary Forces member at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.
Helmet of a Prussian infantry officer at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Self portrait in WWI French army uniform by Joseph-Félix Bouchor at Vannes Museum of Beaux Arts. Vannes, France.Scene at WWI HQ of General Fayolle with H.G. Wells, Henry Bidou, war artist J.F. Bouchor & J. Reinach painting (Aug. 31, 1916) by Joseph-Félix Bouchor at Vannes Museum of Beaux Arts. Vannes, France.Personal items of Canadian Expeditionary Forces member at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.
Tortured landscape formed by WWI explosions at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Crater remaining from WWI explosion at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.WWI trenches now cleared for public passage at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Warning signs marking field of unexploded munitions over a century after the battle at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.
Tortured landscape formed by WWI explosions at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Crater remaining from WWI explosion at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.WWI trenches now cleared for public passage at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Warning signs marking field of unexploded munitions over a century after the battle at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.
Gas mask & warning rattle at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.WWI field telephone of Canadian Expeditionary Forces at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Gunner's quadrant, compass, altimeter & badge of Canadian Expeditionary Forces at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Brass box given by Princess Mary to members of British & Colonial troops with gifts at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.
Gas mask & warning rattle at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.WWI field telephone of Canadian Expeditionary Forces at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Gunner's quadrant, compass, altimeter & badge of Canadian Expeditionary Forces at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Brass box given by Princess Mary to members of British & Colonial troops with gifts (Christmas 1914) at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.
WWI field artillery guns at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Hotchkiss TR 37mm gun at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Gun from World War I at Indiana Military Museum. Vincennes, IN.Gun from World War I at Indiana Military Museum. Vincennes, IN.
WWI field artillery guns at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Hotchkiss TR 37mm gun (1916) at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Gun from World War I at Indiana Military Museum. Vincennes, IN.Gun from World War I at Indiana Military Museum. Vincennes, IN.
Objects made by WWI frontline soldiers during their long periods of waiting from rubble collected on battlefield at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Decorated metal container made by WWI frontline soldier from battlefield rubble shell casing at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Decorative objects made by WWI frontline soldiers from battlefield rubble at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Decorative objects made by WWI frontline soldiers from battlefield rubble at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Objects made by WWI frontline soldiers during their long periods of waiting from rubble collected on battlefield at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Decorated metal container made by WWI frontline soldier from battlefield rubble shell casing at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Decorative objects made by WWI frontline soldiers from battlefield rubble at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Decorative objects made by WWI frontline soldiers from battlefield rubble at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Renault tank FT17, first employed May 1918, at Armistice Rail Car museum. Compiègne, France.Renault tank FT17, first employed May 1918, at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Renault FT17 tank at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Cast aluminum door detail of WW I tank 1918 at War Memorial Building. Jackson, MS.
Renault tank FT17, first employed May 1918, at Armistice Rail Car museum. Compiègne, France.Renault tank FT17, first employed May 1918, at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Renault FT17 tank (1918) at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Cast aluminum door detail of WW I tank 1918 at War Memorial Building. Jackson, MS.
Vimy Ridge Memorial to Canadian troops who overran entrenched German defenders on April 9, 1917. Vimy, France.Cloaked figure of Canada stands on heights of German -defended ridge mourning over Douai Plain from which Canadians attacked uphill at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.American Forces of World War I painting at Missouri State Capitol. Jefferson City, MO.Mural of a Massachusetts Regiment being decorated by France in WW I outside House chamber in State House. Boston, MA.
Vimy Ridge Memorial to Canadian troops who overran entrenched German defenders on April 9, 1917. Vimy, France.Cloaked figure of Canada stands on heights of German -defended ridge mourning over Douai Plain from which Canadians attacked uphill at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.American Forces of World War I painting at Missouri State Capitol. Jefferson City, MO.Mural of a Massachusetts Regiment being decorated by France in WW I outside House chamber in State House. Boston, MA.
World War I American poster, flying cap & coat at March Field Air Museum. Riverside, CA.Mural section with World War I flyers at Air Zoo. Kalamazoo, MI.SPAD VII biplane as flown by Americans in French Lafayette Escadrille & then WWI American Expeditionary Force at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.SPAD VII biplane had structure to sustain dives at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
World War I American poster, flying cap & coat at March Field Air Museum. Riverside, CA.Mural section with World War I flyers at Air Zoo. Kalamazoo, MI.SPAD VII (1916) biplane as flown by Americans in French Lafayette Escadrille & then WWI American Expeditionary Force (AEF) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.SPAD VII (1916) biplane had structure to sustain dives at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nose view of SPAD VII at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Insignia of Lafayette Escadrille of American pilots who flew for France in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Pennant of Lafayette Escadrille of American pilots who flew for France in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.French pennant with coq & oak leaves at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
Nose view of SPAD VII (Société pour l'Aviation et ses Dérives) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Insignia (1918) of Lafayette Escadrille of American pilots who flew for France in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Pennant (1982) of Lafayette Escadrille of American pilots who flew for France in WWI at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.French pennant with coq & oak leaves (c1914-8) at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.
SPAD XIII C.1 biplane of France at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.139tth winged mercury air squadron insignia removed from WWI SPAD airplane at March Field Air Museum. Riverside, CA.Nieuport 28 C-1 French-built biplane fighter flown by Americans in WWI at San Diego Aerospace Museum. San Diego, CA.Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" of which about 7,000 were built for WW I at Curtiss Museum. Hammondsport, NY.
SPAD XIII C.1 (Société pour l'Aviation et ses Dérives) (1917-9) biplane of France at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.139tth winged mercury air squadron insignia (1917-18) removed from WWI SPAD airplane at March Field Air Museum. Riverside, CA.Nieuport 28 C-1 (1918) French-built biplane fighter flown by Americans in WWI at San Diego Aerospace Museum. San Diego, CA.Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" (1917) of which about 7,000 were built for WW I at Curtiss Museum. Hammondsport, NY.
American World War I flight clothing at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Defense Against the last WWI Zeppelin Raid on Paris, Night of Aug 29/30, 1916 painting by Maurice Bourguignon at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.Vintage 1918 telephone & document box in Armistice Rail Car at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Model of Marshal Foch's rail carriage made by M. Mathieu at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
American World War I flight clothing at National Museum of USAF. Dayton, OH.Defense Against the last WWI Zeppelin Raid on Paris, Night of Aug 29/30, 1916 painting (1916) by Maurice Bourguignon at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.Vintage 1918 telephone & document box in Armistice Rail Car at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Model of Marshal Foch's rail carriage made by M. Mathieu at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Model of Marshal Foch's rail carriage made by M. Mathieu at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Duplicate of Marshal Foch rail car where armistices with Germany were signed in 1918 & 1940 at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Conference table with seating cards of delegates in Armistice Rail Car at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Display of Allied flags at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
Model of Marshal Foch's rail carriage made by M. Mathieu at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Duplicate of Marshal Foch rail car where armistices with Germany were signed in 1918 & 1940 at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Conference table with seating cards of delegates in Armistice Rail Car at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Display of Allied flags at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.
War memorial at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Monument to heroism of French soldiers in WWI at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Stone engraved with name of Marshal Foch, WWI Supreme Allied Commander at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Museum devoted to 1918 & 1940 armistices at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.
War memorial at Armistice Rail Car Museum. Compiègne, France.Monument to heroism of French soldiers in WWI at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Stone engraved with name of Marshal Foch, WWI Supreme Allied Commander at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.Museum devoted to 1918 & 1940 armistices at Armistice Rail Car clearing. Compiègne, France.
Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France....
Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting (1920) by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France....
Left end section of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.Detail of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.Detail of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.Detail of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.
Left end section of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting (1920) by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.Detail of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting (1920) by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.Detail of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting (1920) by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.Detail of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting (1920) by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.
Right end section of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.Sèvres porcelain Albi vase by George Leroux after Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting by George Leroux at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Detail of Sèvres porcelain Albi vase by George Leroux after Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting by George Leroux at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Victory Parade in front of the St. Denis City Gate Nov 11, 1918 painting by Jean Leprince at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.
Right end section of Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting (1920) by George Leroux at Petit Palace Museum. Paris, France.Sèvres porcelain Albi vase (1922) by George Leroux after Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting (1920) by George Leroux at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Detail of Sèvres porcelain Albi vase (1922) by George Leroux after Last Communiqué ending war Nov. 11, 1918 painting (1920) by George Leroux at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Victory Parade in front of the St. Denis City Gate Nov 11, 1918 painting (1918) by Jean Leprince at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.
Victory parade in front of Arc de Triomphe on July 14, 1919 by Françoise Flameng at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Victory Parade, Place de la Concorde July 14, 1919 painting by William Horton at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.Night Celebration for the Second Anniversary of Victory Nov 11, 1920 painting by IWILL aka Marie-Joseph-Léon-Clavel at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.Painting of W.G. Harding signing one of the peace treaties ending WWI at Harding home museum. Marion, OH.
Victory parade in front of Arc de Triomphe on July 14, 1919 by Françoise Flameng at Army Museum at Les Invalides. Paris, France.Victory Parade, Place de la Concorde July 14, 1919 painting (1919) by William Horton at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.Night Celebration for the Second Anniversary of Victory Nov 11, 1920 painting (1920) by IWILL aka Marie-Joseph-Léon-Clavel at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.Painting of W.G. Harding signing one of the peace treaties ending WWI at Harding home museum. Marion, OH.
Wilson Allies Tea Service with flags of WWI allies made by Wedgwood of England at Woodrow Wilson House. Washington, DC.Toby jugs representing World War I Allied leaders by Sir F. Carruthers Gould for Pottery-Wilkinson Ltd. at Museum of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, Scotland.Rhode Island Merci Boxcar used in WWI given by France to RI as thanks for support in WWII at Museum of Work & Culture. Woonsocket, RI.Plaque marks use of Gallery Bridge as hospital in WWI at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Wilson Allies Tea Service with flags of WWI allies made by Wedgwood of England at Woodrow Wilson House. Washington, DC.Toby jugs representing World War I Allied leaders (Woodrow Wilson, Louis Botha, Ferdinand Foch, Joseph Joffre) by Sir F. Carruthers Gould for Pottery-Wilkinson Ltd. at Museum of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, Scotland.Rhode Island Merci Boxcar used in WWI given (1949) by France to RI as thanks for support in WWII at Museum of Work & Culture. Woonsocket, RI.Plaque marks use of Gallery Bridge as hospital in WWI at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.
Memorial to Orleans citizens killed fighting in WWI at Orleans Cathedral. France.Memorial to American fighting men who died in WWI & WWII at Orleans Cathedral. France.Memorial to British Empire dead of WWI at Orleans Cathedral. France.Detail of memorial to British Empire dead of WWI at Orleans Cathedral. France.
Memorial to Orleans citizens killed fighting in WWI at Orleans Cathedral. France.Memorial to American fighting men who died in WWI & WWII at Orleans Cathedral. France.Memorial to British Empire dead of WWI at Orleans Cathedral. France.Detail of memorial to British Empire dead of WWI at Orleans Cathedral. France.
Memorial plaque with British coat of arms commemorating British & Irish soldiers who died on French battlefields during WWI at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.Newspaper covering opening of Canadian WWI memorial on Vimy Ridge at Juno Beach Centre. Courseulles-sur-Mer, France.Names of Canadian World War I dead carved on base of Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Figures representing peace, knowledge, justice & truth at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.
Memorial plaque with British coat of arms commemorating British & Irish soldiers who died on French battlefields during WWI at Amiens Cathedral. Amiens, France.Newspaper (Aug. 1, 1936) covering opening of Canadian WWI memorial on Vimy Ridge at Juno Beach Centre. Courseulles-sur-Mer, France.Names of Canadian World War I dead carved on base of Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.Figures representing peace, knowledge, justice & truth at Vimy Ridge Memorial. Vimy, France.
Memorial to the American volunteers of WWI by Jean Boucher United States Place. Paris, France.Monument to Glory of French Army by Paul Landowski on Place du Trocadéro. Paris, France.Monument to Glory of French Army by Paul Landowski on Place du Trocadéro. Paris, France.
Memorial to the American volunteers of WWI (1923) by Jean Boucher United States Place (Place des Étais Unis). Paris, France.Monument to Glory of French Army (1914-1918) by Paul Landowski on Place du Trocadéro. Paris, France.Monument to Glory of French Army (1914-1918) by Paul Landowski on Place du Trocadéro. Paris, France.

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