Prosthetic forearm with an articulated hand, known as an “American prosthesis”
The canteen was integral to the silhouette of the French soldier in the Great War. Fixed to his right, it was within reach either to pour a serving into the cup or to refill it. It is recognizable by the two openings at the top: one for filling, and a narrow one for pouring. Since the French Second Empire, the canteen had had a covering to keep the liquid cool and avoid metallic clanging during movement.
In 1914, two models of different sizes were issued to the French army: a one-litre model for troops in mainland France, and a two-litre one for those stationed in hotter countries (colonial infantry and African army). Starting in 1915, the two-litre model was gradually issued to the whole army, given difficulties in supplying soldiers with water. The fear of thirst haunted soldiers on the battlefield.
French canteen, 1877 model, 1915-1919, metal, wool, wood, cork, leather, 26 x 8 x 20.5 cm. Inventory no.: 2006.1.6017.