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Memorial to Louis Astoul along the Chemin-des-Dames of the 70th Senegalese Regiment who was killed April 16, 1917, the first day of the Second Battle of the Aisne, the Battle of Chemin-des-Dames.
Text:
1914–1918
A la mémoire
de notre fils bien aimé
le S-Lieutenant
Louis Astoul
du 70eme Sénégalais
Tombé glorieusement
dans ces parages
à l'âge de 24 ans
au cours de l'assaut
du 16 Avril 1917
et de ses camarades

In memory
of our beloved son
Second Lieutenant
Louis Astoul
of the 70th Senegalese
Fallen gloriously
in this area
at the age of 24 years
during the assault
of April 16, 1917
and of his comrades

Memorial to Louis Astoul along the Chemin-des-Dames of the 70th Senegalese Regiment who was killed April 16, 1917, the first day of the Second Battle of the Aisne, the Battle of Chemin-des-Dames. © 2014 by John M. Shea

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Text:

1914–1918

A la mémoire

de notre fils bien aimé

le S-Lieutenant

Louis Astoul

du 70eme Sénégalais

Tombé glorieusement

dans ces parages

à l'âge de 24 ans

au cours de l'assaut

du 16 Avril 1917

et de ses camarades



In memory

of our beloved son

Second Lieutenant

Louis Astoul

of the 70th Senegalese

Fallen gloriously

in this area

at the age of 24 years

during the assault

of April 16, 1917

and of his comrades

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Monday, April 16, 1917

"Our morale was excellent as we crossed the parapet. Nothing could stop us: [in our minds] we'd already reached Caronne, California Plateau, the Ailette, which we would cross with thick ropes to make sure no one drowned. What a disappointment! What slaughter! From the start of the first phase — the plan had six of them — the machine-guns stopped us dead. Within ten or fifteen minutes the company had been cut to pieces; among the dead, many veterans of Verdun and the Somme."

Quotation Context

Corporal Jean Portes of the French 1st Infantry describing his company's destruction in the opening minutes of the Nivelle Offensive, April 16, 1917. The battles of Verdun and the Somme, the two great Western Front battles of 1916, the first the French defense against the German assault on Verdun, the second the Anglo-French offensive on the Somme River. The Nivelle Offensive began with a British offensive at Arras, begun on April 9. The Second Battle of the Aisne was the French component. Despite the stalling of the British at Arras, the morale of French soldiers was reported to be high, but it was dashed by the failure of their attack in its first minutes and hours.

Source

They Shall Not Pass: The French Army on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Ian Sumner, page 149, copyright © Ian Sumner 2012, publisher: Pen and Sword, publication date: 2012

Tags

1917-04-16, 1917, April, Nivelle Offensive, Second Battle of the Aisne