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military "Alpin cordelier" WW2

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10 years 8 months ago #70 by dhtrapnell
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A soldier at Grenoble (1942) described himself as "Alpin cordelier".
Would I be correct in assuming this means he was a climber (rather than a monk!)?

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10 years 8 months ago - 10 years 8 months ago #71 by mstyler
Replied by mstyler on topic military "Alpin cordelier" WW2
A climber would be an "alpiniste". "Alpin" is short for "chasseur alpin" or mountain infantryman. Having now seen a scan of the postcard bearing this phrase, I am almost certain that Cordelier (or it could even be something like "Cordeltier") is the surname of the soldier writing the card which, when used officially or in a postal address, would come before the Christian name "André". So the equivalent in English would be something like "Private Andrew Monk" perhaps.

I haven't yet been able to confirm it, but I think the additional "159RIA" in manuscript which follows the name (as well as appearing in the FM cachet) most likely stands for "159e Régiment d'Infanterie Alpin" or 159th Alpine Infantry Regiment".

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10 years 8 months ago #72 by dhtrapnell
Replied by dhtrapnell on topic military "Alpin cordelier" WW2
Thanks. I agree your interpretation makes sense.
DT

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