Happy Lunar New Year!

I wish you all the very best for the Year of the Rat. You can find out more about the Rat and the Lunar New Year in Vietnam here. If, like me, you were born in a ‘Rat Year’ you are likely to be approachable and optimistic, at ease and not argumentative. You want to be liked and are happy to be helped by others. Apparently we ‘Rats’ have the power of prediction, observation, and acute vision. I’m very short-sighted so clearly something wrong!

Italian postcard: Annamite soldiers carrying water









This is an Italian produced postcard, which I obtained from the inevitable eBay. Sadly there is no message on the back, but this tells us – in Italian, French and English – that the picture shows: Annamite Soldiers carrying Water. So these are French Indo-Chinese Marine Infantry (Tirailleurs indochinois) of either the 1st or 2nd Battalion Tirailleurs Annamites, probably at their camp outside Salonika, possibly soon after their arrival in May 1916. The photo was taken by Henri Manuel and the postcard was produced by IPA CT Autocromo.

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.