Poilu - This is the popular and international name for a French soldier.
Ablain-Saint-Nazaire - The men of Cpl. Bertrand's squad pass through this deserted and ruined village shortly before engaging in a major battle.
Argoval - This is the name of the village where A. Cajard is executed.
Engagés - These individuals are soldiers who volunteered during peacetime and are allowed to select their branch of service.
Gauchin-l'Abbé - This village is an idyllic place with almost every kind of shop. Lamuse negotiates with a woman to provide the squad with room and board here.
Grand-Rozoy - This is one of the places that the squad is quartered before the book begins. Pépin brags of stealing some silver objects at this location.
L'Hérault - This region is Fouillade's homeland and a great producer of wine.
Hill 119 and Trench 97 - Many men from the squad die...
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