Belgian cavalry (late August 1914)
Jean photographed this unit of Belgian Guides near Mechelen. While proven already totally useless in the early stages of the conflict, except for some reconnaissance duties, near-sighted military commanders curiously always kept the cavalry at hand for the remainder of the war, hoping to exploit it during the "big push" that was supposed to break open the Western front. That big push finally came in late 1918 but by then the horse soldiers were really a refuse of the past.
World War IGreat WarJean Pecherwar photography1914Wereldoorlog IBelgian historyBelgium