The USA declared war on 6th April 1917 and became not an ally of the Allied Powers but a Co-Belligerent with its own separate war aims. Photographs like this were often used as propaganda either to recruit soldiers or to educate them as part of their training so as a result they were often posed.
Original reads: ‘BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE WESTERN FRONT – AMERICANS IN FRANCE. I’LL GUESS IT’S HOT CARRYING THAT LOT.’
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