French Foreign Legion by Porch Douglas

French Foreign Legion by Porch Douglas

Author:Porch, Douglas [Porch, Douglas]
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Published: 2010-10-31T16:00:00+00:00

The most difficult thing to explain is why the Legion waited until Navarin Farm to employ this particular tactic, as according to Seeger this had been practiced in training as early as October 1914.49 Possibly the rapid turnover of cadres helps to explain it. However, its effect was somewhat spoiled, according to Morlae, by the insistence of his captain that the file progress at the regulation 180 steps per minute, despite the desperately heavy shelling.50 Morlae also suggests that the Legion, as well as other units, had learned from the experience on Hill 140 that their first task on taking the forward German line must be to reverse the trench: “In what seemed half a minute we had formed a continuous parapet, twelve to fourteen inches in height,” he wrote.

. . . Next, each man proceeded to dig his little individual niche in the ground, about a yard deep, twenty inches wide, and long enough to lie down in with comfort. Between each two men there remained a partition wall of dirt, from ten to fifteen inches thick, the usefulness of which was immediately demonstrated by a shell which fell into Blondino's niche, blowing him to pieces without injuring either of his companions to the right or the left.... Soon the order came down the line to deepen the trenches. It seemed we were to stay there until night.51


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