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A French Schneider 105mm L from La Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux, France. First put into service in late 1915, 1,300 of the guns were in service in 1918. A heavier weapon than the French 75, it was more effective against entrenched troops.

A French Schneider 105mm L from La Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux, France. First put into service in late 1915, 1,300 of the guns were in service in 1918. A heavier weapon than the French 75, it was more effective against entrenched troops. © 2014 John M. Shea

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Sunday, April 15, 1917

"Two days later, the 14th [April, 1917], the same orders for departure, and same counterorder, but on the 15th we left Aulnay for good. We passed through Jalons-les-Vignes, where I didn't see even a stump [of vignes (vine stocks)], and the regiment came to billet at the village of Isse, where we spent just one night. Finding myself in too tight a space in this encampment, I climbed onto a pile of fodder, where I slept rather badly, because there were thistles in large number and their little barbs pricked my skin disagreeably, which left a piercing recollection of Isse—the only one, by the way.

The next day, April 16th, the regiment left Isse at dawn, to head for the front where the cannonade was raging."

Quotation Context

Excerpt from the notebooks of French Infantry Corporal Louis Barthas whose regiment was marching to the front to play a role in the Nivelle Offensive that began April 16, 1917. Nivelle had delayed the offensive — the 'same orders for departure, the same counterorder' that Barthas refers to first occurred on April 12 — in part due to bad weather. Isse is approximately 35km southeast of Rheims, France.

Source

Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker, 1914-1918 by Louis Barthas, page 309, copyright © 2014 by Yale University, publisher: Yale University Press, publication date: 2014

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