|Painting by A. Pouzadoux, dated 1944|
I checked the Canadian virtual war memorial site for A. Pouzadoux, but the search yielded no military men with that surname. On a French WWII site, I found a page of information on Antoine Gabriel Pouzadoux, a Resistance (Maquis) soldier who served in the Auvergne region. Pouzadoux was killed on June 20, 1944, during a battle at Anterrieux as French forces tried to delay German troops who were moving north to oppose the D-day landings in Normandy. The Germans killed 160 Resistance soldiers in the conflict. Accounts of the days leading up to the attack mention the dangerous evacuation of wounded soldiers from a field hospital at Mont Mouchet. I now have good reason to think that the Red Cross tents shown in the Pouzadoux painting were part of that encampment.
|Antoine Gabriel Pouzadoux (b. 1905 d. 1944)|
Prior to the war, Pouzadoux had been employed as a printer at La Banque de France in Chamalieres, a fact that supports the image of a man who might be inclined to create a painting in the midst of active war service. In Anterrieux there's a stone marker at the edge of a farmer's field near the spot where Pouzadoux died, a simple memorial bearing a flag and a photo. Perhaps I'll make a pilgrimage to that place some day and find the same green field where Antoine painted the stillness before the storm.
|Stele for Antoine Pouzadoux at Anterrieux, Cantal|