Jean-Marie Caujolle is believed to be one of the first French soldiers wounded during World War One. He fought in the battles of Mulhouse, Namur Charleroi and Champagne, where both his legs were blown off by a shell. The intensive use of artillery fire, reminiscent of the American Civil War (1861-1865) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), explains why the wounded French numbered more than four million, and why their wounds were so severe.
- Article by:
- Julie Anderson
- Race, empire and colonial troops, Life as a soldier
World War One created thousands of casualties from physical wounds, illness, and emotional trauma. Dr Julie Anderson reflects on the subsequent impact on the role of doctors and nurses, and the medical treatment, organisation and new technologies that they employed.