The last post

This post is the 1561th published on this blog and this will be the last one.

I have taken this decision some time ago; I decided to reach the numbers of days the Great War lasted (1561 days, from England’s declaration of war to November 11, 1918) to communicate and explain this choice.

This decision isn’t linked to a minor interest in the Great War, on the contrary! I am happy I helped in some way people to discover some less-known sides of WW1, and to pay homage to all actors and victims of this conflict. I am working on several projects linked to this conflict (last but not least, a book I began to write in 2008, I think) and every week-end, when I can, is dedicated to the search of new items and documents in flea markets.

On the other hand, it was harder for me to find new interesting material for my readers and followers. Keeping my promise of publishing a post a day was getting  more challenging, that’s the reason why this blog, in its current form, ends here.

The blog was launched in June 2011 (see here the very first post). It allowed me to meet – virtually or not – a lot of people and have new friends, and to make new discoveries. I’ll certainly continue to publish some material on Twitter (my account is simply @ww1photographs) when I’ll find some interesting stuff to write on or to show.

In any case, this blog will stay online (as long as it’s free, at least..), I promise I’ll inform you about my WW1 activities, digital or not! Many thanks to you all, readers, followers, authors of comments (especially you, Mike), for your support and friendship over these four years!

The Médaille Militaire

Disclaimer: even if I own several examples of this medal, I wasn’t able to take good shots of them, it was much more simple to take pictures from Wikipedia. Therefore many thanks to Fdutil (Fdutil — Travail personnel. Sous licence CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons).


This medal was created in 1852 by Napoléon III. Starting from 1870 and until 1940, the Imperial eagle and the head of the Emperor are replaced by more republican symbols, with the 1870 date.

During and after the Great War, 1,400,000 Médailles Militaire were awarded, most of them posthumously. 185,000 medal were awarded during the conflict; 58,000 after the end of the conflict. In 1923, 1,000,000 ca. had been posthumously awarded and 320,255 living veterans had this medal. I’ve published a post a long time ago about the papers linked to this medal.