09 janvier 2009

April 1915: Aimé on the Champagne front

In April 1915, Aimé, who was less than 18 years old, had enlisted by anticipation: he was already a Sergeant, when he was sent to the front, amongst the 1st Batalion of the 8th "Régiment de Marche des Zouaves", the same batalion as his brother, and almost on the very location where Jean-Baptiste had been wounded, seven months earlier. Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment: "Sillery (Marne) April 1915 - In reserve of the front line, 600 meters East of Prunay sur Vesle" (Aimé stands 3rd from the left).   Henri, who had been... [Lire la suite]
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10 janvier 2009

Aimé shot to death, in Artois

The 8th "Régiment de Marche des Zouaves" entered the battles on the 11th May 1915, in Neuville Saint Vaast (Pas de Calais), South of the Vimy Ridge: "...Violent Infantry and machine guns firings are coming from the trenches located at 1000 meters beyond the very front, or from trenches or houses situated nearby the NW part of Neuville St Vaast village, and are creating very heavy losses [...]. The intensity of the enemy firing is such, and the losses so important, that it seems useless to keep moving forward [...]. From 2:30 pm... [Lire la suite]
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