War of 1870-1871: Five Aurignacians in turmoil

Christian Courig, the new president of the Aurignac Veterans Association, is excited about military history and suggests that the Aurignacians remember their history.

From July 19, 1870 to January 28, 1871, the war pitted France against a coalition of German states comprising a total of twenty-two confederations, an alliance led by Prussia and its chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

Bismarck distorts a slight diplomatic dispute into contempt. Napoleon III’s political mistakes isolate France. The regime is pushing towards confrontation with Prussia.

The peace treaty was signed on May 10, 1871 and gave victory to Germany. France loses Alsace and Lorraine, which will be retaken during the victory of 1918.

The conflict left 139,000 French dead and 474,400 imprisoned in just six months and ten days.

Paris was besieged from September 17, 1870. The cities of Strasbourg, Metz, Valsburg, Peronne, Belfort and Pecs were also besieged…

Monuments will be erected to honor the dead for the homeland. One of the most famous of them is the Balfour Lion.

The first Aurignacian to leave is Eustache Bob, born September 20, 1847 at 11 a.m., the son of Joseph Pope, a Mason, and Françoise Ferrer, a homemaker and living in the castle district. He has brown hair, gray eyes, 1.61 m tall and is also a construction worker. A corporal in the Marine Regiment, campaigned against Germany from August 8 to September 20, 1870.

Joseph Gabriel Mathieu Dorlick, born May 4, 1848 at 5 a.m., the son of Nicholas Dorliak, a plantation owner, and Julie Duclos. He has brown hair and eyes. A wheel maker by profession, he campaigned in Africa from 12 June to 13 October 1870 and against Germany from 19 October 1870 to 31 January 1871.

Antoine Sabate, was born on December 7, 1848 at nine o’clock in the evening in the district of Mond, the son of Pierre Sabthe, a peddler, and Jane Lario, a housewife, living in Alan. He has brown hair, gray eyes, a length of 1 m 69 and he is domestic. He campaigned against Germany in an infantry regiment between 1870 and 1871.

Jean-Baptiste Joseph Gilbertborn March 17, 1849 at 8 a.m., the son of Germain Gilbert, a tool maker, and Jane Doy, campaigned from November 21, 1870 to March 17, 1871 in an artillery regiment.

Jean-Favian Nogues, born December 19, 1850 at 4 a.m., is the son of Guillaume Noguès, an oil press, and Marie Courtad. He has black hair and brown eyes and is 60 meters tall. He campaigned from February 12 to March 7, 1871.

People passionate about the history of the villages of Terres d’Aurignac can contact Christian Courrège at 06 08 42 36 50 – e-mail: [email protected] Catherine Godard.

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