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Observer la guerre depuis la gare : le cas de la Bretagne, région de l’arrière (1914-1921)

Abstract : It is in February 1919, in front of the Nantes train station, that the civil and military authorities organized the festivities marking the return of the 265th RI – the regiment stationed in the city. The position of these ceremonies is highly symbolic: coming full circle, the Nantes population welcomes back the reservists who had, at this exact same place, boarded the trains headed to the border in August 1914. Throughout these five years, in most towns in Brittany, large or small, the pulse of war would beat in train stations. The departure of the troops mobilized in the summer of 1914; the reinforcements regularly sent to the front; the arrival of German prisoners or French wounded soldiers, who were treated in temporary hospitals; the reception of refugees from Belgium or the North of France; the transit of British, American, Russian or Portuguese troops; the comings and goings of the soldiers on leave; the mutinies of spring 1917; the loading of the requisitioned goods for the army: the station constitutes a remarkable observatory of the war as it was lived there – like an airlock through which the war penetrates from a less exposed area, all the while feeding it in return.
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Yann Lagadec. Observer la guerre depuis la gare : le cas de la Bretagne, région de l’arrière (1914-1921). Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l'Ouest, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2020, pp.207-227. ⟨10.4000/abpo.5549⟩. ⟨halshs-02638720⟩



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