French translation: recrues qui ne payaient guère de mine
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English to French translations [Non-PRO] General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / Military/WWI
English term or phrase:unpromising raw material
Description d'une division de l'armée britannique (première Guerre Mondiale):
[The division] had at as its commander Major-General XX, a brilliant trainer of soldiers. He had turned the unpromising raw material of 1914 into one of the best-trained divisions in the [Bristish Expeditionary Force].
Je ne vais tout de même pas parler de "matière première" ??