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Maps : Translation of French Trench Map

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flers1916

Could a kind person please translate the Legend on a French map of Mametz area as found on the excellent Croonaert Research Services Somme Trench Maps DVD.

"Trencher francaise" I assume French trench? "Miltrailleuses" = machine gun? "Porte de Com/t Cdt Btn" = ? "Porte de Com/t Cdt.Cle" = ? "Reseau de fildefer" = ? " Boyau de Com/on pp/al" = ? "Boyau de Com/on sec/re" = ? The / indicates small letters after the normal text, I assume as a condensed word. Thank you.

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Martin Bennitt

Can you check the spelling you have given? Trench in French is tranchée, not trencher. Mitrailleuses (no first l) are indeed machine-guns. Suggest Poste rather than Porte (the phrase would mean effectively Battalion HQ). Similarly Cie rather than Cle (for Company HQ). Fils de fer are wires (barbed wire here?). Boyau de Com/on is communication trench, respectively principal, or main, and secondaire, or secondary.

Cheers Martin B

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flers1916

Thank you Martin, that is a great help.

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Phil Evans

Graham,

I think this thread will get you through most of them.

Phil

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flers1916

Brilliant, thank you Phil. Graham

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Michael Gurley

Excellent repository of knowledge!  Much appreciated.

 

Maybe I missed it above, but what (in the attached example) are "P.P." locations?

 

Thank you.

Apremont_PP.JPG

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CROONAERT

P.P. = "Petit Poste"  .... basically, a small sentry/listening position.

 

Dave

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Michael Gurley

Thank you Dave.  Much appreciated.

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