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‘In 1915 Gimpel befriended a group of children from the Grenata Street neighbourhood in Paris who had established their own “army”. He began to visit them regularly on Sundays, helping them to build their arsenal from whatever was to hand, providing direction in “casting”, and recording with his camera the army’s triumphs over the evil enemy, the Boche.

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Leon Gimpel Photography

“The Grenata Street Army”, 1915 ‘In 1915 (photographer) Leon Gimpel befriended a group of children from the Grenata Street neighbourhood in Paris who had established their own “army”.

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Les autochromes parisiens de Léon Gimpel

Léon Gimpel - The Grenata Street Army - The pilot Pépète prepares for action: 'Its fuselage was made of a box; the machine-gun of a coffee grinder, to which was added a section of a broom handle, and a propellor which could be rotated.

Bois de Boulogne 1914

Bois de Boulogne 1914 (Vintage Photography)

๑ Nineteen Fourteen ๑ historical happenings, fashion, art & style from a century ago - elegant woman, Bois de Boulogne 1914

Tonkinese soldiers in the French army in World War I.

1917 - Vietnamese conscripts fighting for France in World War I. More than one million Vietnamese men were taken from their homeland and forced to fight in the French army during the war.

General Joffre sympathising with one of his wounded soldiers during World War I. Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre, 1852 to 1931. French general, Commander-in-Chief of the French Army. From The Illustrated War News 1915.

General Joffre sympathising with one of his wounded soldiers during World War I. Joseph Jacques Cesaire Joffre, 1852 to French general, Commander-in-Chief of the French Army. From The Illustrated War News

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