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“Many of them were back resting in billets, and the warm welcome they gave us as we passed through the narrow streets of the village crowded with French "poilus," the whole”
“The "poilus" were delighted to see them, and shewed their appreciation by giving our men the whole of the contents of their water bottles.”
“Hairy little "poilus" in their faded blue uniforms, paused to watch these strange processions, to shout "Vive l'Amerique!" and to hurl witticisms and uncomplimentary epithets at the prisoners.”
“And those seven greasy 'poilus' they are crazy to go too.”
“And they listen to my stories, seven 'poilus' in a row,”
“Seven lean and lousy 'poilus' with their cigarettes aglow.”
“Newspaper men taking flashlights and "poilus" in uniform crowded the station platform as the train with our still numerous party pulled out.”
“The poilus' official rehabilitation began in 1995 when then-President Jacques Chirac decided to award the Legion of Honour to all living WWI combatants.”
“The soldiers of the First World War were affectionately called "les poilus" -- literally, the hairy ones.”
“Madeleine vividly recalled helping her mother and sisters make bandages for the poilus, when she was a little girl.”
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