An French infantry charge in Argonne, France

Photograph

Description

English

Infantry played a key role in all the battles of the First World War. This photograph shows a charge conducted by French troops in Argonne in October 1915. Soldiers are equipped with the Lebel rifle and the new Adrian helmet. They have fixed their bayonets at the very last moment in case of hand to hand combat. This offensive was intended to reduce German pressure on Russian armies in Poland. However it was conducted with ineffective artillery supports in difficult terrain and ended up being very costly with no significant results.

French

Cette photographie a été prise en octobre 1915 au cours de la seconde offensive française en Champagne. Comme dans toutes les batailles de la Première Guerre mondiale, l’infanterie joue un rôle clé dans les combats. Les fantassins français ici photographiés sont équipés du fusil Lebel et du nouveau casque Adrian. En prévision du corps à corps, ces soldats progressant dans une forêt labourée par les obus ont mis baïonnette au canon. Mal préparée et conduite dans un terrain difficile, cette offensive destinée à soulager les armées russes attaquées en Pologne se solda par un échec sanglant pour des gains territoriaux minimes.

Full title
An infantry charge in Argonne
Published
October, 1915
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Photograph
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Bibliothèque Nationale de France
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