Over the Top

11 Apr

In this dynamic photograph, a French colonel holds his regiment’s flag aloft as they charge somewhere near the Marne in 1915:

A Bas Berlin

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2 Responses to “Over the Top”

  1. Stefan A. April 12, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    How common was the concept of regimental or “battle” flags in battle in WWI? Could WWI essentially be deemed the last war where flag bearers were included into battles?

    • Nick Milne April 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      It’s a good question, and not one I’m well-equipped to answer at the moment. I don’t imagine the practice endured for very long, though it’s quite possible that lieutenants might have carried such things to ensure visibility, though given that they were typically armed with pistols rather than rifles it would have to be conveyed in some other fashion. This is just me speculating, though; I will look into the matter and see what I can find. Regardless, not the strangest thing to go over the top with a company by far, given other examples like bagpipes, footballs and such.

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