Armistice Bugle of 11 November 1918
On 7 November 1918, the 171st infantry regiment was in position at La Capelle (Aisne). At around 14:00, a German officer arrived to announce that the official mission of German parliamentarians were coming from Haudroy by road. At 20:20, the convoy advanced with a white flag on the first car. A bugler on the footboard sounded the “ceasefire”. Captain Lhuillier motioned to the convoy to stop. Bugle Corporal Pierre Sellier, born on 8 November 1892 in Beaucourt (territory of Belfort), replaced the German bugler and sounded the “ceasefire” on the footboard of the first car, as recorded by the inscription on the horn of his bugle: “Bugle call of victory/La Capelle/7 November 1918 - 21:00/Pierre Sellier Corporal/in the 171st Infantry Reg” (visual 2). On 11 November 1918, Pierre Sellier once more sounded the ceasefire at Pierre d’Haudroy, as did the other regimental buglers along the front.
(source: Musée d’Armée)