N.C.O.s and Men of Canadian Cavalry Brigade waiting to vote. December, 1917.
Exactly 100 years ago, in December 1917, Canadian soldiers at the front exercised their right to vote. The fact that Canada was able to keep its democratic ideals and institutions alive even under these conditions is commendable. I suspect that no one has been happier to vote than these men as it afforded them a temporary vacation from the font line, as they were allowed to leave the trenches to go vote.
Columns of American troops move towards the front in France: they are traveling on foot, in horse drawn carts, and by train. The arrival of American troops helped turn the tide against Germany and quickly brought the war to an end.
A group of well dressed people line up for food from the War Bread Wagon, organized by the New York City Food Aid Committee. If I understand correctly, the truck was not handing out food aid but rather fund raising to provide assistance to war refugees in Europe.
French Artillery – Western Front
A French artillery unit struggles to emplace their gun in the soft mud of the Western front. Note the very deep ruts around the gun crew where the cannons have sunk into the mud and been dragged.
Ottoman Machine Gunners in Gaza, 1917
Ottoman troops take up positions against the advancing British and their Arab allies in Gaza, 1917. Despite insurmountable short comings in logistics, supply and weaponry, the Ottoman Empire put up a good fight against the allied powers, even scoring some impressive victories.
Pictured below is a closeup of the machine gun crew. Note the heavy belt fed machine gun, which would have been extremely difficult to transport especially in the heat and terrain of the Middle East.
Close up pf the machine gun
The Ottomans were able to hold the front in Sinai and Palestine until near the end of the war, when their resistance collapsed and the British entered Jerusalem.