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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11 janvier 2009

May-June 1915: Henri is searching in vain Aimé's burial place.

Henri rushed up, as soon as he could, from the Loos-en-Gohelle sector, where he had taken an active part to the 9th May attack; he, then, attempted to retrieve any track of his younger brother, unfortunately without success: "[...] I walked along and through all the temporary graveyards, village cimeteries, etc, etc... but I could not find out the tumb of our late beloved. What a real joy would have been mine, to find it, to grant him with a last and final salute, and to place there a bouquet of flowers with a wreath [...]. [...]... [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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16 janvier 2009

7th September 1915: the French get ready for the 2nd Battle of Artois

Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment - Lucheux, on the 7 September 1915: "Our generals" [from left to right: 1) under the x sign: General Curé, commanding the 9th Army Corps, 2) facing right: General Deligny, commanding the 153th Division, 3) facing left, and speaking to Deligny: General d'Urbal, commanding the 10th Army, 4) facing left, with the mourning arm-band: General de Castelnau, commanding the Group of the Center Armies]. "[...] On the 7th September,  took place in Lucheux (Somme), an important meeting of Officers... [Lire la suite]
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17 janvier 2009

25th September 1915: Henri in the middle of the fights of the 2nd Battle of Artois

Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment - Loos-en-Gohelle, on the 10th October 1915: "A barricade in a street". The "great operations" were not long to come, and the 25th September offensive gave the kick-off to the 2nd Battle of Artois: the 90th Infantry Regiment took an active part to it: " [...] on the 25 September, Loos fell down and was taken by the British, after a striking attack and a terrible tussle [...] ...[On the 10th]  during one whole hour of liberty, I could operate my Kodak, so I got some views on ruined... [Lire la suite]
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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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19 janvier 2009

Autumn 1915: photographies taken in Artois by Henri

The occupation of Loos-en-Gohelle, and the relative lull which followed for his regiment, gave the opportunity to Henri to continue to record his every day life on the black-and-white film, under the gloomy light of the ending autumn: His Company waiting for the medals ceremony after the fightings, ... Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment - Loos-en-Gohelle, October 1915: "At the medal ceremony". ... the shaft of the Mine Pit 15 in Loos, taken from the front line trenches,... Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment -... [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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