Thanks to its location in the south-west of France, Toulouse was far removed from the battlefields of the First World War, still known today in France as The Great War.
But the horrors of war were soon felt down here as trainloads of wounded soldiers arrived at Matabiau Station and were taken by tram to the various hospitals in Toulouse and the surrounding region.
A hundred years later, an outdoor photo exhibition on Square Charles de Gaulle behind the Capitole recalled these scenes of the first months of The Great War.
This postcard in the exhibition shows the arrival of the wounded at Matabiau Station in Toulouse on September 12, 1914.
These photos serve as a reminder that the “French troops” in The Great War were not only from France, but also from the French colonies in Africa and the Middle East.
This is the peaceful scene behind the Capitole in the summer of 2014, with the Centenary photo exhibition off to the right. The Donjon in the center of the photo houses the Tourist Office of the city of Toulouse.
Location, aerial view and photos of Le Capitole on monumentum.fr.
My photos in this post are from 2014. I revised the text in 2019.
See also: my post on The Battle of the Somme, 1916.