It is clear, from the Cross on the shield having the same position as the other, that the ailette is not a square one worn awry.
South of the ailette River the French fought their way forward foot by foot.
The Clehongre figure is especially curious as shewing the ailette fastened by its "laqueus," which appears on the outside.
Assemblages of German troops north of ailette were dispersed with heavy losses by the concentrated fire from French batteries.
The enemy had already moved their artillery across the ailette to a ridge north of the river.
Since then they had clung desperately to this ridge, which dominates the valley of the Aisne and the ailette Valley.
The use of the ailette has somewhat perplexed antiquarian writers.