µ Comptoir National d Escompte de Paris Dunkirk branch destroyed by an aerial bombing, 1918.

BNP Paribas, Historical Archives, Postcard Collection

µ Société Générale Longwy offices destroyed by a mortar, 1914.

German officers posing in front of the destroyed branch in Longwy-Bas, in the Meurthe-et- Moselle region.

Société Générale, Historical Archives Department.

Louis Tardy, director of a military hospital in Bordeaux, 1914-1916.

Director of the Crédit Agricole Regional Bank in Ile-de-France (1901-1904), then inspector of Crédit Agricole s Regional Banks for the French Ministry of Agriculture (1904-1914), Louis Tardy also directed a military hospital in Bordeaux from 1914 to 1916, after which he returned to work for the Ministry of Agriculture.In 1921, he was appointed director of the new Office National du Crédit Agricole.

Crédit Agricole S.A., Historical Archives Department, Crédit Agricole Collection.

Jean Giono s personnel file at the CNEP, 1912.

Jean Giono, Le Grand Troupeau, Paris, Gallimard, 1931.

French writer Jean Giono (1895- 1970) worked at the Comptoir National d Escompte de Paris from 1911 to 1928, mainly in the town of Manosque. He was deeply affected by his experience as a soldier during the Great War, which inspired him to pen the novel Le Grand Troupeau (To the Slaughterhouse) and influenced his later decision to become a pacifist.

BNP Paribas, Historical Archives.