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2 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

French > English

Subject:

General

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

pierrailles qui soutiennent la route

Context:

C’est ainsi que, le 8 juin 1944, une patrouille venue de Saint-Céré parcourait la région et se dirigeait vers Montal. Les troupes du maquis l’y attendaient retranchées derrière les pierrailles qui soutiennent la route en bordure de la propriété. Celle-ci allait servir d’axe à la rencontre. Le choc paraissait inévitable.

 

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2 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

loose stones stabilizing the road

My comment:

1. loose stones OR gravel : still today often road surface,
but especially at that time ('44) in Limousin, Auvergne and also in the valley of the Dordogne / Occitania
2. IMO: and the troops ducked or crouched

2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

stones supporting the road along the edge of the property

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2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

I guess the stones must have been piled up to form a bank or wall behind which the soldiers could hide from people passing by on the road above.

2 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile wrote:

Stones supporting a road doesn't make much sense to me, which is why I entered the question. I thought it might actually mean "crushed stones that line the road and serve as the border of the property".

2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

Imagine for example if the road is cut into a slope. It might well have stones underneath it to prevent it from collapsing.

2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

Kind of like this: https://www.istockphoto.com/fr/photo/route-coupée-en-flanc-de-colline-dans-les-montagnes-de-latlas-maroc-gm937494632-256429554

2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

Using stones to support a road is really not that strange. I think in civil engineering it's called "road fill".

2 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile wrote:

Thanks for the link. I just took a look at it and the stones do look like they are indeed supporting the road.

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