3 WWI RPPC Photographs of Canadian Forestry Corps in War-Torn France
France: 1917. Loose Photographs. Uncommon silver gelatin photographs of the Canadian Forestry Corps working in war-torn France. The photos are postally unused and developed onto RPPC stock (one sepia toned) measuring c. 3.5" x 5.5" - all with dates and/or captions verso. The men are seen posing in groups with their hand-logging accoutrements and a 2 horse hand-logging team in the background. In one image a motley crew appears with a variety of uniforms, caps, badges and uniform parts which include pots for helmets for some. It is difficult to be sure which group[s] these men belonged to. Captions verso "31/10/17 'A big oak' C.F.C. France" ; "France July 9/18" ; "France 31/10/18 Just a Forestry Corps group 'somewhere in France' ". Cards are worn with some edge wear and soil, one with a bad vertical crease. Fair to Very Good. Item #4087
The Canadian Forestry Corps was formed during the war to help supply the desperate need for lumber and timbers caused by U-boats successfully cutting off supplies. From "Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 1914-1919" ...before the end of the year (1916) a small Canadian forestry detachment was operating in France. The transfer of skilled Canadian woodsmen across the Atlantic continued throughout the war, and the Armistice found 12,127 Canadian foresters in France.
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