The first French war wounded, Jean-Marie Caujolle



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.


Jean-Marie Caujolle fut le premier mutilé de guerre français de la Première Guerre mondiale. Le développement de l’artillerie et le rôle prépondérant de celle-ci dans les combats (un rôle mis en évidence depuis la guerre civile américaine au siècle précédent) explique le nombre élevé de blessés (plus de 4 millions pour la seule armée française entre 1914 et 1918) et la gravité des blessures.

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The first French war wounded, Jean-Marie Caujolle
May, 1915
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Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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