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An exhibition on the end of the Great War

16/10/2019 jusqu'au 17/11/2019

Posted on 16 October 2019, in News, Agenda

An exhibition on the end of the Great War

The Cavalry Museum offers an exhibition until its winter closure 2019 to better understand the immediate consequences of the First World War.

At the end of the conflict, France celebrates its victorious soldiers, its dead and its wounded. From 1914 to 1918, 1 French soldiers perished on the battlefield, 400 were wounded or maimed. The animals, too, suffered from the fighting, especially the 000 dead horses.

For the French army, the end of the conflict also meant important innovations, in particular the use of the assault tank. The Great War ended, the French army remains active. Germany occupied, France provided equipment and staff to its new allies, the countries born in Eastern Europe from the great defeated empires.
One hundred period objects or documents testify to the courage and bravery of the soldiers: medals, photographs, a very large German flag and trophies brought back from the battlefield.

The terrible toll of war is not forgotten. One of the major objects of the exhibition: the Monet and Goyon velociman. Thanks to a manual propulsion system that replaced the crankset, this tricycle allowed amputees to regain some autonomy and even practice sport in the 1923 version presented here.