The new face of war. Fighting in the Meuse, 1918

Breguet XIV français capturé par les Allemands, 1918. Collection Mémorial de Verdun.

French Breguet XIV captured by the Germans, 1918. Verdun Memorial Collection.

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition The new face of war. Fighting in the Meuse, 1918, the Verdun Memorial presents a study day chaired by François Cochet with a panel of historians and researchers examining the changes in fighting methods on the different sides from 1914 up to the offensives of 1918. Throughout the day, various aspects of battle, such as the deployment of troops under fire, weaponry used, communications and links between sections, will be presented using examples of engagement.

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François Cochet. Photo : droits réservés

François Cochet. Photo: all right reserved.

French historian François Cochet specialises in the captivity of war, the combatants’ experience and the memory of war. Graduating in history in 1978, he gained a doctorate from Paris VII University with a thesis entitled “Rémois en guerre, 1914-1918 : paroles de témoins et sources écrites” (Rheims at war, 1914-1918: first-hand accounts and documentary sources), followed by a doctorate from Rheims University on “Retour et réinsertion, des prisonniers, déportés et requis, 1945-1954, l’exemple des Champenois “ (The return and reintegration of prisoners, deportees and conscripts, 1945-1954, example of the Champagne region). In 1996, he successfully defended his post-doctoral thesis on “War and memories of war”. He began as a lecturer in Rheims and was appointed professor at Limoges University (2000-2002), followed by Paul-Verlaine University in Metz (2002-2017). Since then, he has been pursuing his research on the history of conflicts and the combatants’ experience. This work has led to involvement in a variety of museum projects. He is currently a member of the National Scientific Council of the Commission for the Centenary of the Great War and a member of the Scientific Committee Verdun Memorial – Battlefield.


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