Movillars ~ A Memorial Day Moment by artwhiz47

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Master Sergeant George L. Peuquet (1910 ~ 2005) of the U.S Army’s 34th AAA Brigade stands frozen in time (& in actuality, to hear him tell it) in the cold French winter, January 1945. His unit arrived there in November of ‘44, & stuck around until the weather moderated a bit. In his memoir he wrote: “When we first arrived in town I looked at a long curving hill that ran from the direction of Switzerland into the main street of Morvillars [France]. What a dandy bobsled run, I thought.” Later, "The army in its usual wise way had taken away our overshoes… the temperature was very low. How low we never knew because we didn’t have a thermometer…."

Morvillars is in northeastern France, about 5 miles (8 km) from the Swiss border. After I fiddled with this old photo & added the swirls, I gave a framed copy of it to George who laughed & said that my enhancement showed the circumstances just as they had felt!

George was a dear old family friend ~ a high school sweetheart of my mother’s in the 1920s, who remained in her life peripherally while they married others & aged, & who came back into Mom’s life after he was widowed & she divorced in the 1970s.

A different look at George, with more information about him & his military career, can be found here.

A short bio, eh? I am Sheila, & I am short.

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  • Woodie
    Woodieover 1 year ago

    A great read Sheila, about George on your other page. Not nice being called up at 30. Cheers Neil

  • Thanks so much, Neil. I was happy to get the memoir out again, & I plan to read it over in its entirety soon.

    – artwhiz47

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Wonderful image and history Shelia!

  • Not often (or often enough) does a person with a fascinating story to tell actually write it all down as George did! Even though he’s no longer with us, he continues to be a Great Memorial Day Story! In fact, his is a great story any day…. Thank you, Roy, & for the favorite.

    – artwhiz47

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minorover 1 year ago

    Love the swirls which further enhances the bitter cold, Sheila! And great info on your description page!

  • Thanks, Laurie, & for the favorite! George remembered that cold; his feet didn’t suffer as much from lack of overshoes as those of the sentries & truck drivers did, but it was Life In The Icebox nonetheless!

    – artwhiz47

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Very wonderful image and tribute!!

  • I’m always struck by the fact that George, who was in is 30s, looks about 15 in this picture! That sweet face…. Thanks, Gena, & for the fave.

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    Lovely tribute to George Sheila – a great window into the past. Those swirls really add atmosphere !

  • I may stare at this all day… it’s HOT here, & promising to get hotter, so a frigid blast from the computer screen may be just the ticket. Thanks, Roy. I think you would be intrigued by George’s memoir.

    – artwhiz47

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 1 year ago

    Neat image with those swirls Sheila, and great write up. >Ron<

  • The original photo is just a slightly out-of-focus snapshot… shows a bit more of the building behind, but nothing eyecatching. The Tempest Effect was just the ticket, I thought, & George agreed! Thanks, Ron.

    – artwhiz47

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 1 year ago

    Great processing with the swirls, Sheila, and an interesting write about George – just popping over to read some more about him – it is always good to read about the people who made a difference in our lives :) x

  • Thanks, Mattie. I inherited the contents of George’s house when he died (makes me positively exhausted just thinking about it), & this little framed picture was among the keepers. Also have his medals (including his Croix de Guerre). And about a ton of photos & papers, some related to his military career (including some fascinating colour propaganda leaflets that the Germans sprinkled over North Africa), most not, which need a thorough going-over.

    – artwhiz47

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    Excellent tribute Sheila & a cracking read too :o) xx

  • When I was putting together the final, illustrated version of his memoir, I was completely immersed in the ephemera he lent me, all of which is now in my possession (see my reply to Mattie above). It’ll eventually go to the local historical museum. Thanks, Robin.

    – artwhiz47

  • mikebov
    mikebovover 1 year ago

    excellent treatment Sheila, and a very interesting story

  • I had fun with this one back when I was messing about with George’s old pictures & ephemera, both military & non-military. Thank you, Mike.

    – artwhiz47

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 1 year ago

    Outstanding creation. You’re my winner of the day.
    Best regards and hugs my artist friend,

  • Huge thanks, Sunny! And thanks for the honor, too. xx

    – artwhiz47

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