Char Papi

14th regiment of artillery

“Baptism” of Chaffee tanks in Lorraine – France – 1951

My father Lt Christian TASTET is standing in the 2nd tank.

Chaffee tanks

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)

Family book


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.


My family during the war : Rene PETIT


13th Artillery Regiment – France
Rene PETIT has been enlisted in 1918. He was 20 years old.
I have found in his military documents he was registered under recruitment N° 232.
He has been sent to Silesia (former Polish province, one of the main industrial regions of Europe) where French Army had to pacify the area.
His military booklet describes him as dark brown hair, blue eyes, straight nose, broad mouth ,thick lips, height : 1.67 M
Regarded as “very committed and reliable”, he has been rewarded for his brave attitude and cold blood during an accident that occurred in October 1918 : a canon had been damaged. He had it fixed with courage and effiency in spite of the violent bombing surrounding them.
Decorations : war cross, fighter cross (1918), Silesia award medal (1921). As a President of Freedom Comittee, Rene PETIT received numerous tributes, one of them from Lieutenant BRADY, an american Army officer who freed Bruyeres le Chatel (South of Paris) in 1944.