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Tomb1302

Hello again everyone!

 

Terribly sorry for all the recent threads, but, I'm always keen to interact and learn from the items I buy. This postcard, unfortunately, isn't marked on the back, but appears to be French soldiers marching anywhere between 1914 and '15?

 

Can anyone bring anything to light for me?

 

Thank you.

 

 

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battle of loos

good morning,

 

this photo could have been taken before the war during a great maneuver.

 

here is a link explaining the great pre-war maneuvers:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandes_manœuvres (in french)

 

if it was taken during the war, given the uniforms and the climate, it would be August 1914.

 

regards

 

michel

 

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Tomb1302
12 minutes ago, battle of loos said:

good morning,

 

this photo could have been taken before the war during a great maneuver.

 

here is a link explaining the great pre-war maneuvers:

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandes_manœuvres (in french)

 

if it was taken during the war, given the uniforms and the climate, it would be August 1914.

 

regards

 

michel

 

Michel,

 

A very interesting read, and certainly nice to hear from you again.

 

I don't suppose anything more can be deduced? No telling signs that would confirm?

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Tomb1302

Is anyone able to help confirm whether this is prewar or in the early days of the war?

 

Thanks.

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Tomb1302

@battle of loos

 

The seller dates it as '1915'. Is this accurate or realistic?

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battle of loos

 

good morning,

 

it seems very unlikely to me because in 1915, the French army is in blue horizon uniform with strip molletiere.
while here the uniforms are bluish iron gray and leather gaiters.

But I will make a comparison with more photos because I have to go to work.

 

regards

 

michel

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Tomb1302
6 hours ago, battle of loos said:

 

good morning,

 


it seems very unlikely to me because in 1915, the French army is in blue horizon uniform with strip molletiere.
while here the uniforms are bluish iron gray and leather gaiters.

But I will make a comparison with more photos because I have to go to work.

 

regards

 

michel

@battle of loos

 

Yep, that was my worry, which is why I assumed it was back in 1914.

 

Please let me know if you find anything specific!

 

Merci.

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battle of loos

 

good morning,

 

the gray bluish iron uniform appears darker (black) in the photos. while that in blue horizon is clearer (gray) on the vintage photo.

 

on your picture, we can distinguish 2 type of bandoliers: 

mles 1882 and mle 1888.

 

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they have the cover képi mle 1902 used by active troops :

 

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on the bag of this soldier, we see a billhook (12 per company in 1909)

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for me, this photo is from before 1914.

August 1914 at the latest.

 

regards

 

michel

 

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Becstar

Great introduction for me about French uniforms, fascinating actually!

I’m sure that, Tomb1302, did intend to say thanks for your help after all of that 😄

 
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Tomb1302

My goodness... @Becstar's message notified me, but I had missed this @battle of loos...

 

I am terribly sorry - Thank you Becstar for bringing this to my attention.

 

Michel, thank you for your insight, and again, apologies.

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battle of loos

Good evening,

 

Don't worry about it.
no need to apologize.
I'm glad I can help.

 

Kind regards.

 

Michel

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Tomb1302

Merci Michel.

 

Assuming it is pre-war, is the only possible event it could be linked to a 'Grande Manœuvre(s)'?

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