The epitome of the French World War I image.
A ragged poilu defending his ground was commissioned by the Union des Grandes Associations Francaises. It translates as follows:
“They shall not pass! Twice I have stood fast and conquered on the Marne, my brother civilian. A deceptive ‘peace offensive’ will attack you in your turn; like me, you must stand firm and conquer. Be strong and shrewd. Beware of Boche hypocrisy.”
Painted by Maurice Neumont 1918.