Festooned with flowers, these young Wurttembergers are probably photographed in Stuttgart before entraining for France in 1914. The regiment would see action in the Battle of Frontiers and the Race to the Sea. Subsequently, they were heavily involved in the Serbian invasion, the Somme in 1916, Arras 1917 and then were transferred to Italy for the Caporetto Offensive. They would be sent back to France for the 1918 Spring Offensive and end the war in France. Few of these smiling faces would have been around to see November 1918.
Andre Julien Chainat (1892-1961) was a French ace of the Great War. He originally enlisted in the artillery in 1913 but transferred to the air service in April 1914. He was selected for pilot's training. In January 1916, he began flying fighter aircraft and ran up a score of 11 air victories. He was seriously wouded in September 1916 and never flew in combat again. Chainat was awarded the Legion d'honneur, Medaille militaire, Croix de Guerre with nine palms and was mentioned in the Dispatches four times.