Have I overdone it with the Gallipoli posts yet?! It’s very difficult not to as there are so many interesting posts out there today.
Today on the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli much focus will be on the Australian and New Zealand troops who landed there in April 1915. One of the forgotten combatants of the campaign French soldiers who served alongside their British and Commonwealth comrades.
Some 80,000 French soldiers fought at Gallipoli as part of the Corps expéditionnaire d’Orient with almost 27,000 casualties. Many of the French troops were from Colonial units drawn from the far corners of the French Empire. This image comes from a French source and depicts a French Zouave in the trenches at Gallipoli in 1915 from the 17e division d’infanterie coloniale who took part in the fighting at Krithia.
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Not really possible to overdo something as important as The Great War.
The French don’t often get a mention in our histories of the Turkish campaign, so this is a useful reminder of their involvement.
Best wishes, Pete.
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