19 décembre 2008

The Declaration of War

When the War broke out, ... ... Henri was serving as a Warrant Officer, in the 90th Infantry Regiment, in Châteauroux (Indre). On the very day following his eighteenth birthday, on the 28th July 1899, he volonteered and got enlisted as a simple private, into this professionnal regiment, quartered very nearby his father's birth-place. He had married, on the 5th September 1908, Angèle Trochard, two years older than himself, and the daughter of a late Paris jeweller. ... Jean-Baptiste was belonging, on his side, to the 1st... [Lire la suite]

08 janvier 2009

From November 1914 to April 1915: Henri fights in Ypres

Meanwhile, Henri was entering Ypres'hell: "...On the 11th [November], the violence of the bombing redoubles, and the German Infantry launches new assaults. The enemy forces are three to four times more numerous. The 90th has been holding the lines for 18 days; the 3rd Batalion in front of Passchendale, the 1st and 2nd Batalions in front of Zillebecke, without relief. The men are exhausted. No more filers. Every day, we had to suffer attacks, but we did progress. But the men have the strong feeling that, like in La Marne, they have... [Lire la suite]
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13 janvier 2009

26th Juillet 1915, in Liencourt: Henri describes in his letters, his fights in Artois, in May 1915

"[...] Without endangering the defense of the country, I am going to tell you what has been our mission since the 9th May 1915. I will take advantage of some permittence-holder on departure to, take care and post my letter: I hope he will succeed in this duty. Firts of all, I have to tell you that I am currently at full rest: general reserve of the Great Head Quarters (General Joffre). Somewhere between Creil and Beauvais, 40 kms from Paris, I am safe. In the middle of a magnificent countryside, with pleasant inhabitants, we are... [Lire la suite]
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14 janvier 2009

August 1915: the 90th Infantry Regiment on the Somme front

In August 1915, the 90th R.I. held the front line in Lihons (Somme). Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment - August 1915: "Staff of the Company, in an underground shelter, during my stay in the Lihons sector. From left to right: my first second lieutenant, myself, my second second-lieutenant, my sergent-major".
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18 janvier 2009

Loos, on the 11th October 1915: Henri describes his fights in the 2nd Battle of Artois, and the death of Colonel Alquier

"Dear Parents, now I have cooled down for two days, I will take the benefit of this evening to share with you details on the last operations executed by our Army, and which gave the opportunity to the 90th to add a glorious page to its own history. Since the 15th of September, the attack had been under preparation everywhere on the front: night and day, entrenchment works had been conducted to ease the heavy tasks of our offensive to come. I will not comment the successes that were obtained on the Champagne front, or in Artois: the... [Lire la suite]
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20 janvier 2009

January 1916: Henri's Company, in the trenches, on the Artois front

All along the month of January 1916, Henri held, again, the front line trenches, at the "Bois en Hache" (namely: the "Axe shaped Wood", which he was describing as a "bad sector"), in Artois, ... Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment - Bois en Hache, January 1916: "My shelter in the trench". Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment - Bois en Hache, January 1916: "The watch post". ... then on Hill 140 (La Folie, namely "the Madness"), under the snow and the frost. Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment - Hill 140,... [Lire la suite]
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25 janvier 2009

On the 22nd of April 1916: Henri killed in action, in Verdun

Then came the attack on Verdun... March 1916: Photography of Henri Baudiment, Lieutenant (Temporary), in dress uniform. On the Left Bank of the Meuse River, the 90th Infantry Regiment took part, starting on the 21st April 1916, to the very intense fights of the "Battle on the Wings". On the 22th of April (it was the Holy Saturday), the 1er Batalion was defending the right front of the Regiment, in the bottom of the Ravin de la Hayette [namely: "Ravine of la Hayette"], in connection with the 161st Infantry Regiment, who was... [Lire la suite]
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