Hmm. Is it possible that a blog post in WordPress can be too long? I hope my readers will click on the “More…” link in the last post. Now I’m going to try posting the photos here. Oh, for a little more coding knowledge!
Juvigny 1918. Some villages we visited were reconstructed, while others had not suffered much damage during the Great War. In a tiny 11th century church in Drovegny, a French woman told us that there had been very little damage to her village. She did say that supply trains had gone through the valley nearby.
Juvigny Today. Juvigny is a tiny village that was located on a strategic hill overlooking a large plateau. This made the capture of Juvigny an essential step in retaking territory previously held by the Germans.
Trenches near Juvigny Today. I’m not certain that these were old trenches. The farm land is quite flat near Juvigny, but ravines and woods remain. Soldiers had to clear out the woods of German machine gun nests after the battle was essentially over. Since Anton Bastian died a day after the “end” of the battle, I think it is possible that he was in the woods nearby when he died. Poppies bloom everywhere today.
Road to Roncheres. Anton Bastian began fighting between Roncheres and Fismes on the Vesle River in early August, 1918. Because the Germans held the high ground, the fighting here was fierce and deadly. The bravery of the 32nd Division soldiers here earned them the name of “Les Terribles” from the French 1st Army general.
Monument to Quentin Roosevelt, Son of Theodore Roosevelt. Quentin died July 14, 1918, near the village of Chamery. Across the road is an old stone farm.
Note: If you missed the narrative that accompanies the photos above, go to “A Personal Memorial Day Journey Part 1.”