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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A poilu's pack

This photograph is from the Facebook page of the 151eme Regiment d'Infantrie de la Ligne, a re-enactment group. It shows the typical poilu's load - not just his pack and rifle, but part of a tent and tent poles, a cooking pot, three haversacks, a bread bag, a gas mask, ammunition pouches and what looks like a coffee grinder (that most essential piece of kit). Weight - at least thirty kilos.

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