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Now, about the soldier whoís being judged in a classroom...
are his hands tied?
No, no, the verdict hasnít been handed down yet. Heís
standing at attention, flanked by two armed soldiers... You can
draw him bareheaded or with a cap, or with his helmet under his
arm, or his helmet on his head.
Heís wearing his greatcoat?
...Or his tunic... belted, but without the cartridge belt.
By the way, this tunic, does it have any buttons on the back?
A half belt?
No, nothing; seven buttons down the front, buttoned up in
the middle, and a high collar.
Okay, so, the tribunal...
Well... You might have a colonel, a commander, a captain,
two lieutenants. The lieutenants might have come from the
front, you can draw them in their greatcoats, their helmets on
the table in front of them; the others, in formal dress with their
decorations. All sitting behind a long table.
When heís being shot, is the soldier tied to a stake, blindfolded?
Not necessarily, only the ones who request it... Sometimes
they place a white piece of cardboard over his heart... There is
only one blank in the firing squad.
Or eight, it depends... You could have the officer addressing
the soldiers, saying, ďDonít shoot over his head, or weíll have to
do it all over again!Ē
Uh, no, I canít fit that in... Too bad, thatís a bit I could use, Iíll
revisit it at a later date.
All of this over the telephone... Iím speaking with Jean-Pierre
Verney, he knows everything about 1914-1918, down to the
smallest detail. I use his services on a daily basis. Each and
every panel of this book required one or more long telephone
conversations. Iíve lost count of how many documents and
objects he put at my disposal, I thank him for his expertise, his
congeniality, and his patience in helping me.
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