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8 - Initial input of network of trenches

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Translated by Nathalie GAUTHIER

On the front, the troop going to the front came from a rest position from the rear. Far enough to be a little bit protected from direct artillery fire, it was often the ruins of villages not far from there which were used for this purpose. Here we are approximately 8 kilometers from the deposit of the 113th RI (barracks Maurice de Saxe), so that the approach march was quite similar to that what future soldiers will know at the real frontline.

  • It seems that the initial work was made for the first line located at the opposite. Then the access and progressing hoses were made to allow soldiers to move away. It is here, on the edge of the Allée Anne de Bretagne, that the entrance to the network was made. You can see that we are in a valley called Vauliboeuf and we "go to the front" in moving towards the west as well as the edge of the forest that is invisible from here.
  • The reality of the increasingly dangerous access, the more the soldiers were closed to the “first line”, was well showed by using this implantation.

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