I teach WWI literature. The nearest I ever could come to imagining it was in the Imperial War Museum in London. In the lower level there is a reconstruction of a trench: it's dark and you see flares and hear the five-nines and screams. I had to leave. I could not even bear a reconstruction. How did any of them live even a day?
>>> Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]
> 11/19/12 9:54 AM >>>
"And the band played Waltzing Matilda"
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> Rickard A. Parker
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> Subject: Jean Verdenal awarded the Croix de guerre
> For Rememberance Day (see also Armistice Day and Veteran's Day)
> On Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:38:43 +0000, David Boyd <[log in to unmask]
> > http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-
> >- my grandmother's brother. RIP.
> That prompted me to search for the lost Jean Verdenal on French websites.
> I came upon a photgraph of him that was published with other soldiers that
> had the honor of being mentioned in dispatches:
> He was posthumously awarded a Croix de guerre (roughly the equivalent for
> U.S. Bronze Star Medal and Silver Star or UK Military Cross and Military Medal):
> He has a place of honor on a plaque memorializing doctors.
> "A la gloire des internes en m�decine des h�pitaux de Paris victimes de la
> grande guerre"
> "morts au champ d'honneur" -- died on the field of honor (in battle) versus
> "mort pour la France" -- died for France
> As I mentioned, he has a photo on the web that was published in a news
> with the caption "A rempli ses fonctions avec courage et devouement. A ete
> tue le 2 mai 1915 en pansant un blesse sur le champ de bataille."
> "He fulfilled his duties with courage and dedication. He was killed May 2,
> 1915 while bandaging a wounded man on the battlefield."
> Rick Parker