The enemy approached us from the nor’east–cold, ruthless and unforgiving. Très redoutable.
Though sand found its way into our girded loins, we stood ready for battle on the open plain at Mirbeau.
But we were weary after our long journey from La Rivière Jones, and armed only with chisels, mallets, long underwear and extension corduroys.
Winter marched against us with icy resolve.
Our Capitaine surveyed the approaching storm.
Early in the campaign, we discussed our strategy amidst the staging. Our soldiers were trembling with anticipation…and cold.
The field of battle was prepared– revetments dug, barriers erected.
We would make our stand in the shadow of La Tour de Mirbeau.
Heavy were the burdens of our hommes d’armes.
But they prepared willingly, knowing their cause was just.
Regardez! Our watch spied the enemy at a distance.
Aux armes! To arms!
One piece of bois at a time, we raised our timbers against their battalions, a bastion of last resort…
Lifting the heavy oak into place even as le guerre raged relentlessly around us.
The acrid breath of their great dragons made the earth to tremble…
We fought on in spite of it.
Our front lines marched together in formation to the sound of drum and trumpet.
Joints were hacked at. Trenails flew like arrows about our ears.
We knew not if we should see another sunrise.
The strain of battle was obvious. Heavy was its toll.
And casualties lay all about us.
Our rendezvous was breached by the enemy.
Then, amidst la tourmente, when it seemed our mortises would no longer suffer their tenons, there appeared a light in the distance.
Our forlorn hope glimpsed the promise of a verdant spring.
Pour le roi et le pays!
Pour le fromage et le vin!
Together we pulled against our foe.
And the enemy, sensing our resolve and seeing our joint-strength, began to weaken.
We crossed ourselves, and gave thanks to notre bon seigneur for deliverance.
Humbly, we paid respect to those (chips and shavings) who were lost.
à Dieu, mes amis.
Se souvenir the fallen–and the raised–on the champaign ground du Pont de la Mirbeau.