War & Conflicts Discussions => Wars & Conflicts: Personalities & Aces => Topic started by: Alan65 on 9 November 2012, 18:57:41



Title: French Minister of Armaments WWI
Post by: Alan65 on 9 November 2012, 18:57:41
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8349/8169789338_8c1e1de04f.jpg)

Pictured on this postcard is Albert Thomas (1878-1932), French Socialist politician, Secretary of State for War c1916-17.


Title: Re: French Minister of Armaments WWI
Post by: Koen on 11 November 2012, 18:13:24
can't find why it's written '5e secretaire d'Etat a la Guerre'..... he only had to answer to the Prime Minister so he wasn't 5th in some kind of chain of command

or maybe he was the 5th minister during WWI....

NOT....

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the first Minister of Armament for the French Third Republic during World War I



Title: Re: French Minister of Armaments WWI
Post by: stoffel on 11 November 2012, 19:18:07
Isnt that an S instead of the name and not a 5?


Title: Re: French Minister of Armaments WWI
Post by: Koen on 11 November 2012, 23:19:10
with the upper 'e' I suppose it's 5e(5th)


Title: Re: French Minister of Armaments WWI
Post by: Alan65 on 12 November 2012, 21:48:24
Close up on the card itself it looks most like an 'S' with a superscript 's' (with a dot below.)  I know 5^e means 'cinquieme' but not what S^s means for a French abbreviation.  I assume it's some honorific.  Either that or 'super-secret'  :whistle: