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15 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:

amenée par le reflux de la Wehrmacht

Context:

Peu après, le 16 juillet 1944, une lettre signée par le général von Stuelpnagel lui-même interdit aux véhicules de l’armée de stationner dans le parc et les dépendances de Brissac. Seuls les détachements commandés par des gradés eurent désormais le droit de pénétrer dans le domaine.
Cependant, le 11 août 1944, une compagnie amenée par le reflux de la Wehrmacht lança des grenades dans les rues avoisinantes. Six ou sept feldgraus, vociférant et ivres, firent irruption au château. Ils se retirèrent laissant derrière eux le corps d’un gardien tué à bout portanta sur les marches de l’escalier alors qu’il défendait l’accès aux collections.

 

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15 months ago

Charles Ferguson  See profile wrote:

accommodated by the Wehrmacht retreat

My comment:

instinct

15 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

a company brought along with the ebb tide of the withdrawing Wehrmacht

My comment:

I think I had to translate the image of "reflux"

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15 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

Or: Marooned there by the retreating Wehrmacht. Retreating rather than withdrawing, since a withdrawal can be provisional before a counter-attack whereas a retreat is definitive. Marrooned translates both the idea of a flow and that of leaving sb in a place.

15 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

a company wheeled in with the Wehrmacht's to-ing and fro-ing threw ...

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15 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

There's no to-ing and fro-ing here. The Germans are retreating because the allied forces are going to win the war. It's a one-way ticket back home for the Germans!!!

15 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

a company that arrived when the Wehrmacht withdrew

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