Re:Corsica and World War 1
- Thank you for all the information, fascinating. Will try and see what I can find out about the 173rd Infantry Regiment.
It seems that Corsica was very badly hit by World War 1 and was made to contribute far more than other regions of France.
Appreciate all the responses
--- In email@example.com, "jkdelara@..." <jkdelara@...> wrote:
> In tribute to the 173rd Infantry Regiment, to the 30 000 killed in Corsica, to the 15 000 others injured, to all Corsican who participated and to the war of 1914-1918.
> On August 9, 1914 the four battalions of the 173rd Infantry Regiment,
> composed entirely of Corsicans, are embedded in Ajaccio, destination Marseille.
> On August 20th, the Corsican soldiers are immediately engaged in the Battle of Dieuze.
> Fifty thousand Corsicans are at the front under the command of officers as incompetent as inhuman.
> The Corsicans fought like devils, in the Army, Navy and Air Force...
> Georges Clemenceau, Minister of War in 1914, has not forgotten "1870" and his hate towards Corsicans...
> By "special decree" to Corsica, Georges Clemenceau sent the Corsican's fathers of 6 children at the massacre.
> The 173rd Infantry Regiment remain 4 years in the front line. Decimated repeatedly it will reconstructed each time.
> Thus, Marshal Joffre say, ironically: "The Corsican come by boat to the front,
> but rowboats are enough to bring them back in their island..."
> Because of ethnic difference, Corsicans are victims of injustice and bullying.
> For example, the Corsicans had a permission every six months, instead of 3 or 4 for the French soldiers. And then, very quickly, this deadline was extended to one leave a year!
> When the defeats were attributed, wrongly to the Corsicans, the doctors refused to treat those who belonged to the 173rd RI. Thus, when the wounded Corsican had the strength, they tore the insignia of their Regiment
> not to be identified...
> At the end of the war, the Corsican demobilized are left to themselves. They crammed into the port of Marseille, sleep on mattresses filled with vermin, and must pay their ticket back to Corsica.
> In a text written in 2000, in the newspaper "Le Monde", Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister of France, will say: "During the war of 14-18, France has mobilized in Corsica, what she never dared to do on the continent, to fathers of 6 children. Thus, in Corsica in 1919, there was almost no valid men to take over the farms."
> It's an entire part of the Corsican people that France has sacrificed, destroyed.
> For decades, in many villages of Corsica, the procession of August 15th will be called Procession of Widows
> Check out the YouTube video
> On Sep 21, 2010, at 10:11 AM, Lawrence D Hooper <ldh@...> wrote:
> > I can't give you numbers, but from traveling to Corsica every 2 or 3
> > years for almost 40 years,
> > I can tell you that the village and hamlet memorials to WWI dead are
> > huge compared, believe it or not, to WWII memorials.
> > And from what old Corsicans have told me, there are villages that
> > became almost ghost towns at the end of WWI because so few young
> > Corsican men came home. And if my general history of Corsica serves me
> > well, there was a real Corsican diaspora after WWI for economic reasons.
> > Someone correct me if I have this all wrong.
> > Lawrence