06 janvier 2009

August-September 1914: the first fightings

As soon as August 1914, Henri and Jean-Baptiste and their units took part to the first massive attack North bound, then to the retreat from Belgium. They, then, participated to the Battle of La Marne (Henri was fighting on the grassy slopes of the "Mont-Août" , and Jean-Baptiste in the Marsh of Saint-Gond) before pursuing the ennemy, until the front line got stabilized in Champagne, on the 17th September, 1914. Photography: Henri Baudiment - No specified date.
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07 janvier 2009

18th September 1914: Jean-Baptiste's wound, on the Champagne front

Jean-Baptiste was severely injured in the left eye and in the chest, by some German schrapnell bullets, on the 18th September 1914, in Prunay sur Vesle (Marne). On this occasion, Jean-Baptiste was awarded the "Légion d'Honneur" and the "Croix de Guerre" (with palm), mentioned in dispatches of the Army: "Promoted from Warrant Officer to Second-Lieutenant, for the bravery he showed in all the fights he had been involved in, since the beginning of the campain. Was wounded on the 18th September 1914, and lost his left eye".   ... [Lire la suite]
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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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