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2 - Casemates for fallback of Squad

by Alain Gauthier

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Translated by Nathalie GAUTHIER

  • • On the front, the smallest unit occupying the trenches was the squad under the supervision of a sergeant.
  • • Composed of fifteen men, it was divided into three groups led by a corporal.
  • • In the trench, during periods of wakefulness, only the necessary staff was mobilized to monitor the occurrence of the danger and the movements of the enemy.
  • • The rest of the troop attended to building operations, supplying and reinforcement or rested in shelters made ​​in the trench itself or nearby.
  • • These shelters were dug in the ground in order not to give rise to attacks, including air attacks.
  • • After the excavated soil, logs (here taken on site in the 50-year-old forest) were arranged as roof (or ceiling) and covered with a thick layer of earth.
  • • This site had the capacity to welcome all the three groups of an entire squad at rest.

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