Today is the centenary of the end of the First World War. It was a war that perhaps more than any other affected modern France. A generation died on the battlefield and France came frighteningly close to losing. Those in the trenches suffered tremendously as we all know, but there was real privation on the home front too, with food shortages everywhere and lack of skilled labour to produce even the staples of life.
Bertrand Beau has gathered together a collection of memorabilia from local families and it is exhibited in the Salle des Fetes. In his own attic he found two newspapers, dated 9 November 1918 and 12 November 1918. They had been annotated by his wife Christiane's grandmother at the time -- the reports of the day the Kaiser abdicated and the day the war ended.
Local college (junior high school) students and townsfolk attend an excellent lecture on the homefront.
Mobilisation, requistion and calls to give up your gold for the war effort posters.
Family photos and trench art. The man middle right is A. Multon, the grandfather of Mme Foucher,
who survived to have Germans billeted on his farm in the Second World War.
Trench art jewellery pieces from Mme Foucher's sister-in-law's family.
A diary from the trenches in neat tiny writing, and a pencil portrait.
Michel, Jean-Claude and Albert look over the exhibition.
A trunk from the Joubert de la Motte family.