12 janvier 2009

June-July 1915: Henri shares his first photographies with his family

All along this tragical period, Henri attempted to be closer to his beloved through a new medium of expression: taking and sending photography pictures. Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment, Loos-en-Gohelle - October-November 1915: "My flight squadron before take-off". Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment, Loos-en-Gohelle - Octobre-Novembre 1915: "Equipment for night flight". Photography annotated by Henri Baudiment, Loos-en-Gohelle - October-November 1915: "Our ambulancies". His privileges as an Officer were... [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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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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