My ancestor was a soldier

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Charles RAVET

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My family during the war : Rene PETIT

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Rene PETIT
13th Artillery Regiment – France
1918
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, dark blue eyes, straight nose, broad mouth with 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 has 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, american Army officer who freed Bruyeres le Chatel (South of Paris) in 1944.

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My military ancestor World war II

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Nicolas GRAND
Re-enlisted in 1939 in motorized cavalry
Surrounded by his children Margot, François, Nicole
In front of their house Charlemagne Bld in Thionville (east of France) 1940
(GRAND archives)

My mother Nicole remembers :

When I heard the war had been declared, I just sat on the pavement and cried

My military ancestor WW II

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Rene TASTET
French Gendarmerie – Moulins 1927
During world war II in charge of Soustons Gendarmerie (Landes – south west of France)
René TASTET is my grand father.
His 2 sons Christian TASTET (my father) and Armand TASTET (my uncle) followed their father and embraced a military career.
René TASTET has been a resistant.

Your military ancestor

René PETIT 56th Artillery Regiment War cross 1914-1918

René PETIT
56th Artillery Regiment
War cross 1914-1918

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Jean-Claude GILBERT
Born in 1888 at Saint-Point (France)- teacher
Enlisted in French Army in 1914
(BOMAL GILBERT family archives)

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Two friends
French Army 1914
(PETIT family archives)

Franz DAB
Franz DABE
Born in Lorraine

Half-brother of Melanie MICHEL, wife of Nicolas GRAND (see above)
Enlisted in German Army 1915 (Lorraine belonged to Germany)
Killed aged 21 in Argonne forest
(GRAND family archives)

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Charles RAVET
French army 1914
(RAVET family archives)
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Eugene ROHEE
French army – artillery 1906
(PETIT family archives)