14-18 Langres

at war

Mobilisation of the Mayor

Another event of local significance was the mobilisation of the mayor, Mr. Viennot, who was called up to command a Territorial Infantry Regiment. At over 57, he was sent to the front with his regiment. He was accompanied to the station by the civil and military authorities, as well as by the team of town hall staff. His first deputy, Mr. Gagnot, and later Mr. Rebourset, carried out his duties as mayor until he was demobilised at the beginning of 1919.

Women’s work

To deal with the growing lack of men, the women, even if they did not directly participate in combat, supported the war effort more and more. At first they were restricted to working in making military clothing or ensuring the hospitals were running as they should (nurses, laundry supervisors, cooks…), they were then entrusted with administrative tasks. « […] many young women came into offices, particularly military offices. An easy exam took place every first Wednesday of the month in the town hall. This started in 1915. Many of my American students were admitted […] They were well-paid. Some women also worked in the sub prefecture in the town hall, at the tax office as well as other places. They replaced those who had been mobilised. They were also in the stations. » (Notebook of a girls’ school primary school teacher - 3, place de l’Abbé-Cordier). There were regular adverts in the press calling for women to help the army with the fabrication of supplies like mattresses, bolsters and socks…

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