Second World War.
After decades of campaigning, the women of France voted for the first time on the 29th of April, 1945, when municipal elections were held. Legislation for women’s suffrage had been passed in October the year before.
While late, France wasn’t the last European country to grant women the vote. Women’s suffrage came even later in Italy, Greece, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra and Switzerland. Liechtenstein was the last to adopt equal voting rights – only in 1984.
This image from May of 1935 is of French suffragette Louise Weiss demonstrating alongside women holding papers saying The Frenchwoman Must Vote.
The photograph was taken during the First Battle of Cambrai in France.
The Sherwood Foresters were an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1881 to 1970.
20th November 1917: A British tank ditched in a German trench. British soldiers stand nearby. The photograph was taken just outside Ribecourt, France. First World War.
Troops of the Australian 7th Brigade (Australian 2nd Division) pass the former German bunker known as “Gibraltar” in Pozières, France on the 28th of August, 1916.
The Battle of Pozières was part of the larger Battle of the Somme, which claimed around a million casualties. Pozières marked a victory against the German Empire for Australia, with the help of British troops. First World War.
The Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in recorded history, was fought between July and November, 1916 as part of the First World War. The armies of Britain, France, and their empires fought the German Empire.
These images by famed British war photographer Ernest Brooks are dated the 10th of August.
King George V inspecting a German dug-out near Fricourt, 10th August 1916.
Captured 15 cm (150 mm) Ringkanone 92 German gun near Mametz Wood, 10th August 1916.
German observation post in Trones Wood.
The Royal cars passing through a village on the journey from Chateau Bryas to Franvillers, passing a battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment on the march.
Unidentified troops travel along the Australian Army route to fighting at Pozières and Mouquet Farm in France. 1st August 1916. The fighting was part of the larger Battle of the Somme.
While the battle was seen as a major victory for the British Empire, Australian troops suffered 23 000 casualties while advancing two only kilometres along this route.
In the background the village of Contalmaison is under German fire.
The image was taken by a British war photographer, and is from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
An engraving by Hendrik Hondius portrays a similar outbreak in the 1560s.
In July of 1518, dancing mania – a phenomenon that occurred across Europe for several centuries – hit Strasbourg, Alsace (France). Approximately four-hundred people danced themselves to exhaustion, and even to their deaths.
The plague began when a woman named Mrs Troffea began to dance in the street.
At the time, it was decided that the people could be cured with more dancing, and so musicians were hired to encourage them – which resulted in more deaths.
One modern-day theory suggest that consumption of fungi containing psychoactive chemicals (similar to LSD) was to blame. Mass hysteria has also been suggested.