healdav, on 23 May 2011 - 05:17 PM, said:
Sorry, you have misinterpreted what I said. I meant that the babies were all a day or two old (sometimes up to a month or so), not that they all died at the same time.
They are all buried in Marville cemetery (the oldest in France, it is said). Marville itself is a bizarre place.
Weirdly, my wife and I were there a couple of weeks ago and the grave markers (standard military type) have been renewed. And yet the squadron society says they have no idea why they all died. My guess is polio although they were a bit later than I would have thought.
That's better! The idea of having 30-40 children and them all dying at 1-2-3 days old at the same time is awful.
Especially many years ago, and in the military, you might be subjected to terrible medicine by some fool with a lot of brass on his shoulders. One is reminded of the situation in Romania, where doctors took a crazy, old idea of injecting children with a little blood to "strengthen them", and took several units of blood and blended them, then injected orphans with a little bit each, thereby giving thousands of orphan babies AIDs. Brilliant!! In the Franco=Prussian War and in 1914 the French had some really bad medicine.
I have a great true story about Transylvanian medicine, but I will control myself, it is too Off Topic
even for me!
Re: Jasta's very interesting comments, I recently on another thread posted details of the biggest Flammenwerfer
attack ever, 154 FW, on the East Front; the combat led by Major Dr. Reddemann, the flame regiment commander, by air control via air observers. They dropped tactical control orders to attacking columns, messages from Reddemann, attached to streamers in the middle of the battle. Think it was late 1916, so they must have had two-way radios.