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French Cuirassiers only a year before WWI would begin, looking much the same as they did under Napoleon; ca. 1913

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And for most of that first year of fighting in WWI, they continued to look like this. French soldiers were massacred because of these dated outfits.


At the outbreak of war the French Army retained the colourful traditional uniforms of the nineteenth century for active service wear. These included conspicuous features such as blue coats and red trousers for the infantry and cavalry. The French cuirassiers wore plumed helmets and breastplates almost unchanged from the Napoleonic period. From 1903 on several attempts had been made to introduce a more practical field dress but these had been opposed by conservative opinion both within the army and amongst the public at large. In particular, the red trousers worn by the infantry became a political debating point. Adolphe Messimy who was briefly Minister of War in 1911-1912 stated that “This stupid blind attachment to the most visible of colours will have cruel consequences”; however, in the following year, one of his successors, Eugène Étienne, declared “Abolish red trousers? Never!”

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A member of the G̱usgimukw nation depicts Hami (Dangerous Thing); ca. 1914

photo by Edward S. Curtis


German Field Bakery Near Ypres; ca. 1914

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Parking at the Grand Canyon; ca.1914

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Did our ancestors have balls of steel or were they just stupid?

“It took a lot of grit to drive the car right towards that fearful plunge, but Mr. Wing, who handled the wheel, had every confidence in the car and its control, and did not put on the breaks until the front wheels were right at the very edge of the precipice.”

“I confess that it made me shudder with apprehension, as I watched him, so cool and confident, driving where one little slip would mean a plunge of two thousand feet into the gorge below; and when he finally said, ” that will do, let’s chuck block her,” I was only too glad to slip a good sized rock in front of the rear wheel, so we could leave the car and size up the situation for a photograph.”

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Russian troops in a trench, awaiting a German attack, 1914

That one dude just leaning back is like "Ugh, this is gonna suck...BAD!"

That one dude just leaning back is like “Ugh, this is gonna suck…BAD!”


Christmas in the trenches, 1914.

This whole event (Christmas Truce) is one of the most amazing things I have ever heard of.

This whole event (Christmas Truce) is one of the most amazing things I have ever heard of.


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Kagoshima City Japan Covered In Ash After Volcanic Eruption 1914

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A large crowd celebrating Great Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in Trafalgar Square, London, 1914.

"We're all gonna get mowed down by German machine guns! YAAAYY!!"

“We’re all gonna get mowed down by German machine guns! YAAAYY!!”

These people really had no idea what they were getting into…