Sly Posted 9 December , 2011 Share Posted 9 December , 2011 Hello, In December 1915 the French 135ème Regiment d'infanterie was holding the lines in the sector of Lens at Loos ("double crassier"), on the 31st of December 1915 the regiment diary says: "Sector 85 and 87: two red lights looking like a star, these glows occured beyond our trench on the ground and lasted for about 2 or 3 minutes. According to a gunner and the captain of the 10 coy. these lights were caused by french bullets hitting the ennemy barbed wire, causing sparks... The captain Biles thinks that the sparks are due to the electrification of the barbed wire." A couple of days before a lieutnant form the 135ème (Lt. Gaillard) was sent to the Satory camp (near Paris) to have specialised courses in ... electricity. On the german side, the ASTA ( = Armee Starkstrom Abteilung ) was a unit specialised in electrification and was based in the sector, see photo below (notice the lightning shoulder badge) The next day, 1st of January 1916 the 135ème RI left the area and was releived by a British unit, but I don't know which one. ( For info the 135ème RI was part of the 6e Brigade d’Infanterie; 18e Division d’Infanterie; 9e Corps d'Armée) I was wondering if you have any info from the British war diaries, or any info about electrified german barbed wire in the area of Loos ? Thanks for your help, Sly Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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