World War One German dragoon unit. I'm hoping someone can tell me if what the troops are holding are lances--and if so, what the use and purpose of them would be at this point in history.
The Bundesarchiv caption for the photo is: "The band of a dragoon squadron that is just on its way to its position plays on the market square of a town in Flanders. 6 November 1917. Photographed by Sergeant Bickel, Flanders."
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