“Pont-à-Mousson, a dead, deserted city –…

a dead, deserted city – Not a single house that did not bear witness to the
power of a shell.
The sense of “the front” began to possess me, the
sense of being in the vicinity of a tremendous power. The sidewalks around the square were in arcades
under the houses. To avoid damage from shells bursting in the open space, every
one of these arcades,
perhaps a hundred all told, had been plugged with
sandbags, giving the square an odd, blind look.”

ambulance driver in Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France – A Volunteer Poilu – Photo: February 1918, Pont-à-Mousson,
French soldier on the look out under one of these protected arcades. ECPAD