Tag Archives: Volksbund

Travel Tips: Noyers-Pont-Maugis French and German Cemeteries, the “Race to Sedan” and more History

Few American battlefield visitors drive as far north as Sedan, because it is approximately one hour (55km / 35 mi) north of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon.  However, for those with the time, it is worth the drive because Sedan and vicinity is steeped in military history.  On 2 Sept. 1870 Prussian troops captured Emperor Napoleon III and a large number of his troops there during the Franco-Prussian War.  (Thereafter, Imperial Germany celebrated Sedan Day annually as a major holiday.)  In August 1914, the Imperial German troops of the Continue reading →

We Forget Today: Three Ways to Keep Memorial Day from Three Nations

  We forget today just what an impact World War I had on the lives of its participants and their families.  This blog post will focus on three ways to keep the holiday from the point of view of three different nationalities; but first, a bit of history on Decoration Day (to be later named Memorial Day) is in order.   HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for Continue reading →

Then and Now: Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Romagne-sous-Montfaucon

                                                    Caption:  The Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Romagne-sous-Montfaucon has long been one of the webmaster’s favorite German cemeteries because of the simplicity and beauty of its layout.  Housing 1,407 Germans and 8 French, the cemetery was started in 1914 after the German Army established several hospitals for badly wounded soldiers.  It continued to be used throughout the war, until the AEF advance Continue reading →

News and Events–Over There: German Cemetery Ceremonies in 2016

A recent letter from the German War Graves Association, www.volksbund.de, indicates that there are three upcoming cemetery ceremonies in France in 2016–two of which are situated in the Meuse-Argonne Region.   28 May, 2016:  Romagne-sous-Montfaucon There will be a ceremony to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Verdun on this date; and it will include an interment.  At present, the webmaster has no further details on the event.  Presumably it is part of the official commemoration ceremonies held in late May; so visitors can expect restricted access Continue reading →