The French term for their soldiers in the Great War (the equivalent of the British "Tommy" and the American "Doughboy") was Poilu which translates as "hairy one". Nothing quite sums up that nickname like this image.
In post-WW2 America, the military abilities of the French get a bad rap, but in the Great War the poilu lived up to the reputation of their Napoleonic forbears and made "they shall not pass" (Ils ne passeront pas) a byword for a generation.
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