Battlefield at Etrepilly, Marne



This photograph was taken in September 1914 during the French counter-offensive known as the Battle of the Marne. The dead soldiers and horses seen here belong to a French cavalry corps and are the symbol of the end of an era: the blaze of glory of cavalry and the rise of artillery in the battlefield.


Cette photographie a été prise en septembre 1914 au cours de la contre-offensive française de la Marne près du village d’Etrepilly. Tout autant que la violence des combats, elle témoigne du chant du cygne de la cavalerie face à la puissance de feu de l’artillerie.

Full title
Battlefield at Etrepilly, Marne
September, 1914
Held by
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Usage terms
Public Domain

Related articles

Combat and the soldier's experience in World War One

Article by
Vanda Wilcox
Race, empire and colonial troops, Life as a soldier

In a war that saw new weaponry technology and great numbers of casualties, Assistant Professor Vanda Wilcox considers the common experiences of soldiers in active combat.

Animals and war

Article by
Matthew Shaw
The war machine

Millions of animals were relied upon by all sides in World War One. Curator Dr Matthew Shaw discusses the role of animals in transport, logistics, cavalry and communications, and considers their psychological function for troops and as propaganda.

Related collection items