The village of Craonne is on the Californie plateau which was the site of bloody fighting on 16 April 1917 during Nivelle's failed 1917 Offensives. It was these disastrous offensives that pushed the French Army over the edge and led to the 1917 Mutiny. The village was immortalised in the song called La Chanson de Craonne (English: The Song of Craonne). This song was sung by the 68 divisions of French soldiers (out of 110 French Army divisions) who mutinied. The song was prohibited in France...
Lucy and Rosie stand with the posters they created for the exhibition. Their topic was the Wanganui Detention Barracks where objectors were brutally punished. Today we hung the exhibition in Chauny, France.
The Baradene College students placed a wreath on the grave of a New Zealand soldier named John King in a cemetery in northern France. He was executed because he deserted. He was the first New Zealand soldier to be executed during WWI.
Students from Lycee Professionnel Jean Mace in Chauny and Baradene College of the Sacred Heart in Auckland, standing in front of the New Zealand War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in London. A little wet from the rain but enjoying making friends on their first day together.
Mercredi dernier a eu lieu la dernière séance d'atelier avant la cuisson des dernières plaques et l'assemblage par Hubert Dufour. Nous avons tous hâte de découvrir le résultat final en compagnie de nos amies d'EPSOM GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL qui arrivent maintenant dans deux semaines.
Nous sommes également occupés à préparer leur accueil, à finaliser l'exposition et impatients de les rencontrer.
L'équipe du projet "Nos fils, nos familles" LGT GAY LUSSAC
Another preview of our book. This time the pages show photos of Archibald Baxter and Mark Briggs (two conscientious objectors sent to the Western Front) and a great photo we sourced from Puke Ariki Museum of a NZ soldier on the duckboard at the front line. Briggs was dragged over this, the nails on it digging into his flesh and creating huge wounds. Baxter was marched to the front line in order to try to "break his will" to resist military service. In the end he got left there, and wandered...
The photo shows pages from our book that we are publishing as part of our Shared Histories Project. The book will be launched when we are in Chauny, France. The photo shows a section of the book written by the French students in Chauny who researched the execution of a group of soldiers in Vingré. These are known as the Martyrs of Vingré [Martyrs de Vingré]. The book is bilingual in French and English.
Les Martyrs de Vingré sont six poilus, le caporal Paul Henry Floch et les soldats Jean...
Today was a visit to the printing company to look at the book being printed. It is going to be great. Our book, written by the French students in Chauny, France and the New Zealand students at Baradene College in Auckland New Zealand, is titled “La Bataille de la Conscience” [The Battle of Conscience] – 60 pages – ISBN 978-0-473-31621-1
The photos show the printing presses in the workshop where the book is being made.
A photo giving a look at what the posters for our exhibition look like. Our posters [by French students and New Zealand students] have been edited and now all loot like they belong together. They will be printed a large A1 size for the exhibition we are having in Chauny, France. They are to be printed on a matt laminate card and should look really great. We can't wait to see them when they have been printed at the end of the week. The posters are bilingual in French and English languages.