Photo by Auguste Francois, ca 1870, depicting Su Yuanchun, (1844-1908 AD) a Manchu general in Guangxi. A tough illiterate Manchu, Su Yuanchun was one of the last great warrior Manchus. He distinguished himself in the field and made it from a simple soldier to a distinguished general in a time when the Qing fought battles against modern firearms with sabers, spears, bows, arrows and matchlock muskets. He commanded a force against the French at the battle of Zhennan Passwhich and won.
I cannot express to you how much I love this picture. Is it the look on the french soldier's face? the black and grey? the outfit?
Seven Austro-Hungarian NCOs seated astride a "Donnerbalken", an improvised toilet consisting of a sturdy log positioned above a pit. These communal toilets were used by both the Germans and Austrians and were often the scene of much jocularity.