Hommage

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A la veille du centenaire de la fin de la grande guerre, nous sommes amenés à penser profondément aux soldats morts pour la France, à leur destin brisé, à leur sacrifice.

Ils auraient pu être nos frères, nos fils, nos pères. Le décalage des générations  les ont placés au rang de grand-pères, grand-oncles puis arrières grand-pères, arrières grands-oncles.

Si la distance temporelle fait que le chagrin s’estompe, l’effroi subsiste devant l’horreur de cette guerre. La peur, la douleur éprouvées par ces soldats se sont transformées en un cri puissant et sourd – pour qu’on ne les oublie pas.

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Young soldiers

 

 

Maréchal des Logis Christian TASTET and his brother Lieutenant Armand TASTET

Christian TASTET was starting his military career in the 25th regiment of Artillery in Strasbourg              Armand was a pupil of Saint-Cyr College at Coëtquidan (Morbihan, France)

Regiment

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12th regiment of hussars – 1912

How to find the regiment of your ancestor ? Its grade, decoration and military file.

♦♦♦ On the photograph of your ancestor, the details shown on his uniform can give you this type of information. N°12 on the collar means “12th regiment”, the flame engraved in the buttons indicates “hussars”.

Above a photograph of the 12th regiment of Hussars located in France. The picture has been taken in 1912.

 

Family book

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When writing your family history, add the photographs of your ancestors. If you have military ancestors, it would be very interesting for your chidren to know their career or at least their name, regiment, grade and enlisting date.

♦♦♦ These documents can be consulted and discussed when having a family gathering.

♦♦ Don’t forget to write down names and dates (possibly location) on the photograph.