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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.

Twelve soldiers?
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.

TARDI

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