Spaarnestad Photo, SFA022800219
Eerste Wereldoorlog : Een Franse soldaat draagt een soort harnas als bescherming tegen rondvliegende kogels boven de loopgraaf. Frankrijk, 1915.
First World War. A French soldier wearing a kind of armour as protection against flying bullets above the trench. France, 1915.
Owner: Nationaal Archief
Source: Flickr Commons
Maybe the French military borrowed their armour design from the Australian bushranger Ned Kelly? Who knows... I borrowed this image for a blog post over at CherryFingers Dynasty. Thanks for the fantastic pic.
Erny van Wijk
this looks more like a drawing than a photo. Might it be an artist impression of an eyewitness account ?
The body armour looks better made than the helmet, and appears to be the pre-war armour worn by cuirassiers (heavy cavalry). If so, it wasn't bullet-proof!
Sanders teh Destroyer
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/buddyicons/[email protected]?1226737601#[email protected]" height="24" width="24" /> It wasn't uncommon for photographs to be drawn over back then. Lots of photos use hand touch ups to bring out detail, this one just takes it to an extreme.
Also in Italy "arditi" soldiers used to wear that, if I'm not wrong. But it wasn't so bullet-proof.
HEH reminds me of Monty Python's Holy Grail :P
Ned Kelly tunnels his way out of Australian prison in 1881 and emerges in German trench in 1915
This image has been featured in the indicommons.org post World War I Armour. (I wonder how long this was used for?)
What a hoot. I could use one of those for work