West Indian regiment in their camp, France, during World War I. Half a dozen soldiers are standing in a group in the space between their tents. The tents are canvas cones, most of which have their sides rolled up suggesting that the weather is warm and there is no mud in evidence. Most of their equipment is lying on the ground outside of their tents. The soldiers are all in uniform and looking at the sky. Some of them are shading their eyes with their hats.
The derogatory term for a German, 'Boche', originates from the French slang alboche, derived from two words allemand (German) and caboche (pate, head). 16,000 soldiers were recruited and two battalions (volunteers) travelled from the West Indies to fight with the Allies.
[Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE FRONT IN FRANCE - Men of a West Indian Regt. watching a Bosche aeroplane being chased by our planes.']
Owner: National Library of Scotland
Source: Flickr Commons
Those would be bell tents. We were still using them in the Girl Guides in the 70's. This photo is an amazing treasure, few people realise the caribbean troops were in WW1
how i wish to find some of my grandfather's old photo while he's still in service.. he served in vietnam in his time in 1945 or 46 i think... i hate war but i deeply respect those brave soldier who sacrifice their own lives for others...
With the way so many are looking up, it may be the first ime they saw an airplane (or a dogfight, if they're close enough to the front).