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French soldiers posing with their pinard during the Occupation of the Rhineland, 1919.


I never really thought about the popularization of wine in France until Elizabeth Gabay MW pointed out the article Grande Guerre : quand le pinard était une arme pour la France.  According to wine historian Christophe Lucand wine was not regulated in the army until 1914.  Pinard refers to the ration of wine issued to French troops during World War 1.  Christophe Lucand writes that wine was popularized as a result of the pinard drunk in the trenches.  For a general background on pinard please read Rupert Millar’s piece from earlier this year WINE AND WARFARE PART 9: LE SALUT AU PINARD.  In keeping with the theme and sourcing from a rich selection of material this post features a picture of four French soldiers with their pinard.  Amongst them are four delicate wine glasses, three canteens, and two pipes.  The picture was taken in 1919 during the Occupation of the Rhineland.

 

"Souvenir du Palatinat. Les quatre as du pinard en vadrouille". 1919. [1]

“Souvenir du Palatinat. Les quatre as du pinard en vadrouille”. 1919. [1]


[1] Souvenir du Palatinat. 1919-02-08. ARCHIVES DEPARTEMENTALES DES YVELINES. URL: http://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/2020601/attachments_164731_15590_164731_original_164731_jpg.html?start=40&query=vin+guerre&startPage=25&rows=24

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