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On my way to Verdun #2 - Abri 320
On my way to Verdun #2 - Abri 320
Verdun Battlefields, December 30th, 2008. Abri 320, Ravin du Bazil, Douaumont. 'Le 208è qui, le 22, a repoussé trois attaques allemandes, doit subir toute la nuit et toute la matinée, un tir d'artillerie tellement vif que tout saute autour des tranchées. La fumée des éclatements est comme un brouillard. Les blessés agonisent sans soins; ils sont trop. De tous les coureurs envoyés aux ordres, pas un ne revient. Les cartouches manquent, on prend celles des morts. A 8 heures du soir, un obus tombe en plein dans la tranchée, semant les blessés et les cadavres. Une cervelle est sur ma capote, je suis plein du sang des copains. Au fracas des obus, se joignent les plaintes des agonisants. la neige tombe, il fait très froid. On se bâtit un abri avec les cadavres.'Edmond Boucard, caporal au 208è Régiment d'Infanterie, février 1916. 'The 208 regiment, which pushed back three German attacks on February 22nd, must undergo during the all night and morning such a intense an artillery bombing that the trenches are moving. The smoke of the burstings is like a fog. Casualties died without care; the're so many...Among all the privates which were send back to get some orders, none did return. The cartridges miss, we take those of deaths. At 8 o'clock in the evening, a shell falls directly into the trench, sowing casualties and dead bodies. A brain lies on my hood, I am fully sprinkled with the blood of the buddies. The complaints of those who are dieing mix up with the thunder of the explosions . Snow falls, it is very cold. One builds a shelter with the cadavres.'Edmond Boucard, corporal within the 208th Infantry Regiment, February 1916. Leica M6 & Portra 160VC film.
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