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16 September 1914 : Sdt 2e Cl Marius Labruyere, 158 RI

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Marius lived at 146, Rue Fontalon, Roanne. He was called for his compulsory military service in October 1913 and was  still serving upon the outbreak of war. He saw action in Alsace in the earliest engagements of the war. He next served in the Champagne area where, near Souain on 16 September 1914, he was killed in action during a French assa…


The German Army in the Offensives of 1917: Arras, the Aisne and Champagne

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By Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword 2015, £25.00, 384pp, 55 ills, 13 maps, notes and refs, 2 appendices (including selective biographical notes, bibliog, index. ISBN: 9– 781–783–463–459 Review by David Filsell This volume of Jack Sheldon’s highly–detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model – employing…


Sdt Augustin Joseph Louis Victorin Trébuchon, 415e RI.

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The last French soldier to be killed in action during the Great War, Augustin was born on 30 May 1878 in the small farming village of Montchabrier (Lozère), Languedoc-Roussillon. The eldest of five children, Augustin was orphaned during his teenage years and, prior to enlistment in his compulsory military service, worked as a communal shepherd in o…


‘General Joffre’ The 1994 Presidential Address, delivered by the Honorary President John Terraine

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[This article first appeared in Stand To! 42 January 1995 pp6-12] The more you study the Great War, the more you can see that it falls into two definite parts - so distinct that they might almost be different wars. The turning point is the end of 1916 and the beginning of 1917. The first part of the war was when the great armies - greater than any…


22 May 1915: Sergt John Lawton, 170e Régiment d'Infanterie

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From Stockport, Cheshire, John was born (of English parentage) on 3 January 1887. A clerk in a hat factory in Stockport from 1901 to 1911, he left his job and travelled to France. In about October 1911, as a French resident (though not citizen) he registered for the French draft and enlisted in the French Army at Epinal using his correct name and …


29 May 1916 : Caporal Pierre Jean Victorin Viguier

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Pierre was a farmer before the war.  Pierre was called into service at Rodez in late August 1914 and first saw action with the 173e R.I. at Les Eparges in May 1915 before fighting in the 1915 battles on the Wöevre (Bois de la Grurie) until the end of the year. After a spell on the Champagne front, he moved to take part in the Battle of Verdun…


Virtual Battlefield Tour 24th February: 'Yorkshiremen, Highlanders and Champagne: The Attack on the Ardre Valley July 1918'

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The final 'Virtual Battlefield Tour' in this series will be going live on Thursday 24 February. We will be visiting 'virtually' a rarely-visited battlefield that was significant as it was arguably the true start of the 'Hundred Days' campaign, involving two territorial divisions sandwiched between French troops and an Italian Division.  Taking pla…