BORN TODAY: in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria – Maria Agatha Franziska Gobertina von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers who migrated to the USA in 1938, and later a lay missionary in Papua New Guinea. Maria Franziska von Trapp died on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 in Vermont aged 99. RIP.
On the Western Front: As German forces advance to La Boisselle (a village in the Sommes department which will be completely destroyed by later events) they cross a flat area where they find the bodies of dead French soldiers killed by shrapnel….
“The French put these bodies off the road but did not take the time to bury them. In fact the corpses were never to be buried as this part of France was to become one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous place on the whole Western Front” [“The Other Side of the Wire – With the German XIV Reserve Corps on the Somme, September 1914 – June 1916”]