French Sun Helmets in Posters

The cover of a book, and later famous poster of Commander Marchand, who marched across Africa to claim the Sudan for the French Second Republic

The cover of a book, and later famous poster of Commander Marchand, who marched across Africa to claim the Sudan for the French Second Republic

Say what you will about the French Army, but they certainly offered impressive artwork. Here are a series of book covers and military inspired posters from the French Second Republic.

A period French newspaper that shows the French and British near showdown over the Sudan. Marchand met up with Britain's Lord Kitchener at Fasoda

A period French newspaper that shows the French and British near showdown over the Sudan. Marchand met up with Britain’s Lord Kitchener at Fasoda

From the book, turned into poster, "The War in Madagascar" highlighting the French invasion and colonization in 1896

From the book, turned into poster, “The War in Madagascar” highlighting the French invasion and colonization in 1896

A somewhat less than politically correct look at the French colonial empire.

A somewhat less than politically correct look at the French colonial empire.

A 1930's era poster celebrating France's Colonial forces

A 1930’s era poster celebrating France’s Colonial forces

An interwar era poster highlighting the French Colonial forces in the Sahara.

An interwar era poster highlighting the French Colonial forces in the Sahara.

 

An interwar "travel" poster shows an idealistic view of the French colonies.

An interwar “travel” poster shows an idealistic view of the French colonies.

A post-World War II poster during the era when France tried to restore its military honor through its colonies.

A post-World War II poster during the era when France tried to restore its military honor through its colonies.

Peter Suciu

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