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Poilus preparing barbed wire for front line, Lempire, Meuse, France
Poilus preparing barbed wire for front line, Lempire, Meuse, France
TitlePoilus preparing barbed wire for front line, Lempire, Meuse, France
Date of Original1918?
DescriptionSoldiers working in open field preparing wire for battlefield front.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectMilitary
Subject (LCTGM)Barbed wire
Military personnel
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1914-1918 - Equipment & supplies
World War, 1914-1918 - Battlefields
LocationMeuse (France)
Item Number2030.8.4
Format of OriginalGelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original9 x 18 cm.
Publisher of OriginalKeystone View Company
Transcription"Barbed wire for front line, Lempire. These soldiers are merely a little detachment of workmen in one of those factories of battle which existed everywhere behind fighting lines. This countryside around Lempire seems peaceful enough in the sunshine but it is, in fact, on the very threshold of one of the pits of hell of the Western front--Verdun. Working hardly more than four miles southwest of the heard of the beleaguered city and the same distance north of Souilly, which during the battle of the Meuse-Argonne was the headquarters of the 1st American Army, these soldiers are weaving the strands of steel which later, under cover of darkness, will be carried up the Sacred Road and out through the trenches to guard the shell-torn approaches from No Man's Land. No trench was complete without its barricade of wire. Lashed to stout wooden stakes or iron rods two or three feet high, twisted and tangled in every direction, it held the attacking enemy, until the soldiers could rush to the defense. Its sharp barbs tore flesh and clothing, and in thousands of instances while soldiers were hurriedly forcing their way through bullets hung them lifeless or writhing in agony upon the wire. Coils of barbed wire, ready for use, are to be seen in the foreground. At the tables men are coiling smooth wire that was used to reinforce the posts on which barbed wire was strung. Beyond the workers a small engine is to be seen, one of thousands which squeaked and rumbled along narrow gauge tracks up to the very front lines, dragging trucks filled with supplies, with repair materials, with sheets of corrugated iron for huts or trenches" - Text off back of mount.
"V18872" - Printed on front and back of image.
NotesTitle printed on front of stereograph.
Photographer unknown.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionWorld War I Stereograph Collection 2030
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2030.8.4)
Digital IDrs001027
Original SourcePhotographic print
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