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 →
Webmaster’s Note: This is part to of the “Then and Now” blogpost focusing on Griffin Group photos in the Bois de Consenvoye and on Richêne Hill. Readers are encourage to view Part 1, which appeared yesterday. For reader’s convenience, the ABMC Summary of Operations map has been repeated below. Caption: Griffin Group Photo A.M. 162. American Dead. 325.2 – 280.4. 8 January, 1919. Location: Looking at the above map, the “then” photo was taken along the tree line just East of Continue reading →
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 →
Interest in the Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel and Verdun battlefields and regions is very much alive; and the webmaster enjoys meeting others who conduct research or other projects in those regions. Several weeks ago, the webmaster met American fine art photographer Tom Cheche. Tom and his wife travel to France for extended periods; photographing rural France, the Western Front of WW1 and Normandy. (In the Meuse-Argonne he generally stays at Le Coq D’Or, a bar and chambre d’hôte in Montfaucon.) Tom maintains a website, tchechephotography.com, and Continue reading →
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 →
Pierre Grande Guerre, a Dutch member of the Western Front Association, Netherlands Branch, has assembled quite a photo collection of his travels along the Western Front–including the Meuse-Argonne. These photos can be seen on his website: Pierreswesternfront.punt.nl.