5) 1914-1918:  WWI, THE 'PARCOURS'

1914: war breaks out.

 

At the head of a company of navy commandos (navy seals), Hébert was seriously injured in Diksmuide * in Belgium.

 

He receives 2 bullets

  • one that will leave him disabled with his left arm

  • another in the chest who is stopped by his officer's notebook.

 

He will stay more than a year in hospital. The doctors want to amputate: he refuses.

(Archives centrales de la Marine: dossier individuel Georges HEBERT,
                                                             Marine CC7, 4ieme moderne, Carton205, dossier 10)
HEBERT in Hospital
(family archives)

* battle of Diksmuide

 

Sent to Diksmuide, Belgium, the marines, under the command of Admiral Ronarc'h, had the task of preventing the French army from being surrounded. Foch's order was clear and harsh: "the role you have to fulfill is to save our left wing until the reinforcements arrive. Sacrifice yourself. Stay at least 4 days."

With extraordinary bravery and courage, they held out ... 3 weeks! ; 6,000 against 50,000 Germans ...

It is now obvious that the marine troops, trained in the Natural Method,  know how to walk, run, crawl, carry, throw, advance in quadrupedry, lift, balance ... They have much better results than land forces trained by the Swedish method.

 

Also, Hébert, not yet healed, and disabled with one arm , was then recalled and charged with training the assault troops of all the armies.

 

It is therefore a invalid sailor (!) who is in charge of  training the infantrymen of the french army. Soon english and US armies will follow...

(Pierre Philippe Meden: Du sport à la Scène, Presse Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2017,  I.5, P.169)

 

He creates, for this purpose, in 1916, an “obstacle course” , known worldwide today under the name of:

 

"Obstacle course or Parcours"

... and which has since been adopted by all the armies of the world.

(Georges HEBERT: La revue de l'éducation physique, N°52, Noel 1939, p.196)

How many lives could have been saved if all the troops had been trained, from the start of the conflict, to throw themselves on the ground, crawl, jump etc., and had received a complete and useful training ...?

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