MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH: POSSIBLY FRENCH CAVALRY SOLDIERS AND THEIR SWORDS AND HELMETS (HELP NEEDED FROM CABINET CARD GALLERY’S VAST AND UNPAID RESEARCH DEPARTMENT)

SOLDIERS AND SWORDSThe previous owner of this photograph described the subjects in the image as World War I French Cavalry soldiers. The soldiers are wearing collar pins that identify their military unit as being the “29th”. They are drinking glasses of wine from a bottle on the table. The men have long swords and there are three helmets on the floor in front of the men. My uneducated guess is that these military men are part of a fencing team. There is a within the photograph which would provide more information but I can not decipher the script on the label. A stamp on the reverse of the photograph identifies the photographer as Moraux and the location of his studio as Provins, which is in north central France. Assistance is clearly needed from the cabinet card gallery’s vast and unpaid research department. The visitors to the cabinet card gallery have a history of contributing informed and thoughtful knowledge via their comments. Knowledge that helps us further our appreciation and understanding of the gallery’s images.

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  1. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/29e_r%C3%A9giment_de_dragons

  2. About this link

    http://www.ancestramil.fr/uploads/01_doc/terre/cavalerie/1914-1918/29_dragons_1914_1918.pdf

    Provins is mentioned once.
    The regiment was stationed there.

    Page 4

    La mobilisation du Régiment. — En couverture
    Les premières opérations en BELGIQUE
    Le raid sur LIÈGE. — DINANT. — RAMILLIES. — GEMBLOUX
    (Croquis I et II)
    Le 31 juillet 1914, vers 7 heures du soir, le 29ème régiment de Dragons reçoit l’ordre de mobiliser ses escadrons et de se tenir prêt à partir.
    L’heure prévue depuis tant d’années venait de sonner.
    Alors que la Paix semblait solidement assurée, l’Allemagne, grisée par l’ambition,transformait avec une mauvaise foi sans limites de simples incidents politiques en un conflit redoutable et la France, pour mettre ses frontières à l’abri de l’invasion, était obligée de mobiliser ses Troupes de couverture.
    Sans doute, la guerre n’était pas encore déclarée, mais elle semblait inévitable.
    L’ordre de mobilisation fut accueilli par le Régiment avec autant de confiance que de calme.
    Les difficultés, les ennuis de la vie journalière disparurent, chacun fut animé de la mêmebvolonté, « Être Prêt ».
    Le lendemain à 8 heures, l’État-major et le 1er escadron quittent le quartier pour se rendre à la gare où les unités doivent s’embarquer.

    PROVINS IS MENTIONED HERE…

    Les habitants de Provins, accourus en foule pour saluer une dernière fois leur Régiment, font la haie sur son passage.

    Calmes, droits sur leur selle, la lance haute, les Dragons donnent l’impression de Soldats forts et résolus qui sauront faire leur devoir tout entier.
    La foule émue demeure presque silencieuse, et ce silence, hommage affectueux d’une ville aux Soldats partant pour la bataille et dont beaucoup ne reviendront pas, est plus impressionnant que ne le seraient les plus enthousiastes acclamations.
    « Bonne chance et faites mieux que nous », dit au passage des Cavaliers un vétéran de 1870.
    Ces mots seuls expriment tous les espoirs qu’emporte avec lui le Régiment.

  3. Sorry I got carried away.
    I could not find any information in English.
    This is another Website about that regiment.

    http://cavaliers.blindes.free.fr/rgtdissous/29dragonsh.html

    Provins is also mentioned.

    •1914:
    Caserné à Provins le 29e régiment de dragons fait partie, avec le 9e dragons, de la 5e division de cavalerie. Il est à la 7e brigade de dragons du colonel Eme de Marcieux et entre dès le 1er août 1914 dans la composante du corps de cavalerie du général Sordet.
    Durant toute la guerre le 29e dragons fera partie de la Ve division de Cavalerie.

  4. That’s what I like about old pictures. There is a whole lot of history behind each one.

    Now who were those men whose picture was taken at Provins probably before the start of WWI?

    It had to have been taken before because they did not come back before 1918 if the regiment did come back to Provins which I doubt.

    Also most probably that these men died and never had any descendants to search for them.

    So many questions…

  5. A reblogué ceci sur Our Ancestors and commented:
    Let’s say I got carried away with my comments,,,

  6. Pierre!! You ole’ show-off!

  7. Thank you Pierre for the time you put into researching the information you found concerning this photograph and the 29th regiment. Your comments are always informative and interesting. Once again the cabinet card gallery’s vast unpaid research department has successfully taken the investigative challenge and succeeded at shedding light on a mysterious photograph. Thanks again

    • Could not control myself… and since I am French-Canadian I could lend a helping hand.
      The number 29 was a dead giveaway,

  8. Well now this is funny. I found this picture elsewhere. Was doing research to see if I can discover a bit about its history and I am brought to one of my favorite blogs.


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