Requiem and another Long March, 11/13/1918


Just before dusk on November 12, one officer and 10 men of the 103rd Infantry who had fallen on the 10th were buried in one large common grave at the edge of Bois de Ville. This marked the most forward position of the 103rd Infantry’s final advance in the Great War. The Regiment was relieved on the nights of November 12-13, and the next day began a march of 185 kilometers towards a well-earned rest.

When it finally left the lines on November 14, the 103rd Infantry had been reduced to only 25-30% of its original strength…