I've enlarged the photo and they are French rilfles. Dang it!!! The one on the left looks more like a Lebel than a Berthier. They have US style slings on them so they must have been used by Doughboys. I thought only US African-American units were issued French rifles?
Interesting picture, Krag! Like to see the original! The two rifles to the right are '03s with some Chauchats mixed in. It is the first picture I have ever seen of Germans with U.S. captives - and the U.S. rifles!!
Supposedly a couple of engineer units got to France with Krags - a number of them (rifles) are mentioned as dating to November, 1917. Naturally, Krags were used in some numbers for training back in the States, as well. I've seen some Navy units with Krags in training.
I assume this is for an article? Let us know when it will appear and where!
A bit OT but... Many years ago, before I knew very much about military rifles, I noticed that Sargeant Shultz on "Hogan's Heroes" was packin' a Krag. That's not right I thought. Years later, it dawned on me that Shultz was in the Luftwaffe, guarding a POW camp. Therefore, he was probably, 4-F, and the Krag was probably Norwegian, which the Luftwaffe used. Or, maybe the producers just got lucky!