French soldiers ambush with a machine gun




The first months of the war were characterised by the inhibitory effect of heavy fire on troop mobility. This photograph shows one of the innovations of the second half of the war, the French Chauchat. It allowed the infantry to keep moving and firing during attacks.


Les premiers mois de la guerre se caractérisent par la prépondérance du feu sur la mobilité. Ces soldats français mettent en œuvre le fusil-mitrailleur Chauchat qui permet, à partir de 1916, de redonner puissance de feu et mobilité à l’infanterie.

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