eBay is a strange way to acquire antique photographs that have captured significant periods of world history. Here at PortaitofWar.com we strive to provide an interesting set of completely politically-disengaged weekly posts to highlight the importance of the first and second world war to a modern audience.
Two weeks ago I took a leap and purchased a photograph of a WWI foreign unit that I’ve been unable to identify until tonight:
eBay Listing Buy-it-Now listing
The 159th Alpine Infantry Regiment of the French Army
The photograph above depicts a 23 man group of French Chasseur Alpine soldiers with the 159th Infantry Regiment. See below for close up shots:
The berets and insignia of the 159th
A particularly special photo acquisition comes in the form of a 2nd Cavalry RPPC (real photo postcard) taken somewhere near Tours, France during the war. The 2nd Cav. trained only ten miles from my house in Vermont, at Fort Ethan Allen before their departure to Hoboken for transfer overseas to France. Considered by many to be the only true U.S. mounted cavalry units to serve during WWI, the 2nd Cav. was a unique unit that tends to be glossed over by WWI histories. I’m proud to add this photo to my collection!
Interesting details of the photo include a mascot puppy, the use of spurs, and a raggedy pigeon perched on a shoulder.
For those interested in reading more on the history of the 2nd Cavalry, check out this website: http://history.dragoons.org/category/world-war-i/
2nd Cav. Puppy Dog Mascot
Finding nice portraits of doughboys posing in studio is becoming harder and harder given the scarcity and high prices on eBay. This is one of the better examples in my collection, and although it doesn’t have a unit designation associated with it, I felt that it would go well with my current theme of WWI RPPCs postings on PortraitsofWar. Enjoy!
Yet another 26th Division photo to share with all my followers. This image was taken in France towards the end of 1918 and shows two doughboys of the 104th Infantry Regiment posing for the camera with unit designation pinned to their French made caps. An interesting addition to my growing collection of Yankee doughboys!
Two Doughboys of the 104th Infantry Regiment