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              Chemin des Dames part 1 

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              ALSACE LORRAINE

              The Gap of Charmes - La Trouée de C.

              Avricourt - Leintrey - Reillon - Montreux - Parux 

              Montreux German Front Walk

              The Battle of Morhange - 1914

              French Bunkers - Mnt. Grand Couronné 

              South of Metz - German Bunkers -

              Feste Wagner 


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              The Donon - Bunkers - Dug-outs

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              Hohrodberg-Giragoutte-Trois Epis  


              Munster Valley Petit Ballon  

              Le Tanet - Bichtstein - Villa Sidi-Brahim

              Route des Crêtes - Hohneck -

              Gr. Ballon - Sudelkopf 

              Hartmannswillerkopf - Vieil Armand  

              Guebwiller - Rimbach - Hirzstein  

              Moosch Nécropole Nationale  

              ALSACE SUNDGAU  

              Zillisheim Illfurth Largitzen Pfetterhouse 

              Burnhaupt-le-Bas Bunker Path     


              Mort Homme Côte 304

              Montfaucon- Romagne s/s Montfaucon

              Butte de Vauquois

              Haute Chevauchée

              The Bunker of the German Crownprince


              Illies - Wicres    

              Neuve Chapelle - Richebourg

              Aubers - 1915 

              Fromelles - 1916  

              Neuville-St. Vaast - Souchez

              Notre Dame de Lorette 


              Arras Wellington Quarry

              Vimy Ridge

              Lichfield Crater


              St. Hilaire le Grand Russian Cmty  Mont Navarin

              Sommepy Mont de Blanc Mont

              La Main des Massiges


              Verberie Néry Villers Cotterêts  

              First Battle of the Marne   

              Belleau Wood - Château Thierry  

              Second Battle of the Marne

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              Les Eparges Ridge

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              Fort de Troyon

              Apremont Forest Trenches

              Butte de Montsec

              Rémenauville Destroyed Village

              le Bois le Prêtre / das Priesterwald 

              SOMME British Sector


              Auchonvillers Trench

              Mine Craters Lochnagar Hawthorn

              Thiepval Memorial Mouquet Farm  

              Thiepval Wood - Ulster Tower

              Ovillers La Boiselle

              Hawthorn Ridge Beaumont Hamel

              Redan Ridge 

              Newfoundland Memorial Park  

              Serre Hébuterne 

              Sheffield Memorial Park Serre


              Fricourt Deutsche Kriegsgräberstatte 


              Mametz Wood 

              Trones Wood Montauban Guillemont

              Caterpillar Valley Longueval 

              High Wood Longueval

              Delville Wood Longueval



              le Sars Butte de Warlencourt

              Flers Gueudecourt

              Adanac Canadian Cmty. Mireaumont

              SOMME French Sector 


              Rancourt Cimetière National

              Rancourt Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof

              Dompierre - Becquincourt Fay Soyécourt

              Flaucourt Biaches


              VERDUN Citadel 

              Thiaumont - PC 118 & 119 - A 320

              Road To Fort Douaumont       

              Fort de Douaumont

              Douaumont Nécropole Nationale  

              Côte Froideterre - Les 4 Chéminées 

              Fort de Souville 

              Fort de Vaux 

              Tunnel de Tavannes Fort

              La Voie Sacrée

              Bois des Caures - Col. Driant's C.P. 

              Flabas German Reprisals Camp

              The German Camp Marguerre 

              Duzey German 380mm Artillery Base

              Destroyed Villages Bezonvaux - Ornes

              Azannes - Damvillers - La Grande Montagne 


              Menin Road Railway Wood

              Maple Copse - Hill 62 - Hooge

              Clapham Junction Zandvoorde Bunker

              Polygon Wood Zonnebeke

              Hill 60 - Hollebeke -

              St. Elooi - Lankhof Farm

              Messines Ridge

              Pilkem Ridge

              Boezinge Essex Farm Ziegler Bunker

              Langemark Poelkapelle St. Juliaan

              Passchendaele Ridge

              Mount Kemmel Lettenberg Bunkers

              Ploegsteert Wood


              Nieuport Ramskapelle

              Pervijze  Stuijvekenskerke

              Diksmuide Trench of Death 

              Leke Vladslo Houthulst


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              Franse Aas der Azen: René Fonck
              Chasseurs Alpins, Franse Alpenjagers
              Prowse Point Cemetery
              Hoe Sgt. Kunze Fort Douaumont
                 veroverde op 25-02-1916.
              Frank Hurley: Fotoshoppen In 1917
              De Kaiserschlacht,
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              Herdenking Op Douaumont 2008
              Wapenstilstand 1918 -90 Jaar Geleden
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              Overleden Veteranen
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              Kerstbestand 1914
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              Mata Hari
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              Slagvelden Van de Somme
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              Mosterdgas 1917
              Schwaben Redoubt
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              Nationaliteit Kwijt?
              Beloond Geduld
              Prins Harry Naar Irak
              De Arm Van De Kaiser
              Artilleriebunkers Nabij Duzey
              Kamp Flabas
              Eerherstel voor "Deserteurs"
              Vredig plekje?
              Moslimmonument in Verdun 
              De Slag aan de Somme
              De Tunnel van Tavannes
              Kapitein Joost van Vollenhoven
              Huis Doorn
                 “Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje II
              Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje I 



              AISNE Chemin des Dames part 1
              Chemin des Dames - part 1  
              La Royère - Cerny en Laonnois

              year of visit: 2005. 

              The D 18, on the Ridge of the Chemin des Dames,
              overseeing the valley of the Aisne river.
              The Germans had fortified the natural fortress after the time of the Battle of the Marne.
              It is also the infamous battlefield of the bloody
              Nivelles-offensive of 1917.
              The valley of the Aisne river,
              which the French troops had to cross to reach the German lines.
              During the Nivelles-offensive of 16 April 1917
              the French deployed many of their Colonial Troops,
              like the Regiment Infanterie Coloniale du Maroc.
              This is the Memorial for the RICM near Fort Malmaison.
              This small wood is hiding the ruins of Fort Malmaison,
              occupied by the Germans in April 1917.
              The Colonial troops fought heavily in the area
              around the well defended Fort Malmaison.
              The overgrown ruins of the now unaccessible Fort Malmaison.
              The Nivelles-Offensive.
              The Nivelles-offensive, named to it's strategist, General Robert Nivelles, started on 16 April 1917 and the plan was disputed  from the beginning by President Poincaré.
              The strategic goal was to capture 9km of the ridge of the Chemin des Dames within 24 hours. Nivelles used the 5th and the 6th Armies, 128 tanks, and 3800 guns.
              He recklessly spilled the lives of his Colonial Troops and his Home Troops.
              On 23 April, after only 7 days of the offensive, all further operations were immediately forbidden by Poincaré, personally. Poincaré forced Nivelles to resign at once.
              There were 187.000 French casualties and 167.000 German casualties after 7 days of battle. The gain of the offensive was 500 m into the valley upwards under the slopes of the ridge.
              During and after the battle spontaneous mutinies broke out amongst French soldiers along the front.
              The Dutch-born Joost van Vollenhoven, ... 
              ... an heroic and higly decorated officer of the RICM, made critical and unwelcome remarks about the bloodshed during the recruiting and employment of African Colonial Troops during the offensive.
              French Court Martial 1917.
              General Pétain succeeded Nivelles and had executed some 27 mutineers out of 30.000 as an example to restore order in the ranks.
              Nivelles obviously had miscalculated the steepness of the slope of the plateau.
              (Dutch readers! Read also my article: Kapitein Joost van Vollenhoven).  
              This monument in front of the overgrown
              Fort Malmaison commemorates ...
              ... the succesful attack of
              the Zouave and Tunesian Regiments of 23 October 1917.
              "On 23 October 1917 the 38th Division including the 4th Régiment Zouaves, the R.I.C.M., the 4th Mixed Régiment Zouaves-Riflemen,the 8th Régiment Tunisien Riflemen,the 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, took part in the attack.
              With a single storm attack the 4th Zouaves conquered Fort Malmaison and all it's other objectives, making 600 prisoners on 23-24-25 October, capturing 17 artilliery guns en countless machine guns, being decorated with it's 6th citation in the Order of the Army."
              "Le 23 octobre 1917 la 38ème Division comprenant le 4ème Régiment Zouaves, le R.I.C.M.,
              le 4ème Régiment mixte Zouaves-Tirailleurs,
              le 8ème Régiment Tirailleurs Tunisiens,
              le 32ème Régiment d'Artillerie de campagne,
              part à l'attaque.
              D'un seul élan, le 4ème Zouaves s'empare du Fort de la Malmaison et de tous ses objectifs, faisant les 23-24-25 octobre 600 prisonniers, capturant 17 canons et de nombreuses mitrailleuses, obtenant sa 6ème citation à l'Ordre de l'Armée."
              We leave la Royère and Fort Malmaison
              to continue to Cerny en Laonnois.
              We take a small, sandy sideroad, near Braye en Laonnois,
              to reach a high point, ...
              ... overlooking the Aisne valley in
              the direction of the Oise -Aisne Channel.
              From this valley the 27e Bataillon Chasseurs Alpins,
              special mountain troops,
              attacked succesfully this steep hill during the Nivelles-offensive.

              This monument commemorates all
              their soldiers of the 27th Batalion, killed in both World Wars.
              In Cerny en Laonnois, a centrepoint of the Nivelles-offensive, ...

              ... two war cemeteries, a French and a German one,
              are lying next to each other, ...

              ... symbolising and pointing out the surroundings,
              where they were killed.
              This soldier has been a member of
              51st Bataillon Tirailleurs Sénegelais (from Senegal).
              Private Moinvoisin died already somewhere here
              during the Battle of the Marne in 1914.
              A view over the battlefield from the edge
              of the German war cemetery.
              Probably the spot of these troops in 1917.
              The German losses during 4 years of war
              in this sector are countless.
              As a small reminder:
              167.000 German casualties during only 7 days in 1917!
              WAR VICTIMS 1914 -1918".
              People of all believes and backgrounds
              were represented on this battlefield.

              The Chapel of Cerny en Laonnois commemorates
              the soldiers without a known grave.
              In spring:
              please, leave the door open for the new life of the young birds, living in the Chapel.
              Some kilometers before the Dragon's Cave:
              a monument, erected by a family, for a nearby fallen soldier,
              Second Lieutenant Louis Astoul of the 70th Sénegalese Regiment, ...
              ... who was killed on 16 April 1917,
              and who may have looked
              like his Senegalese comrades in those times. 
               Continue to the next chapter:


              potemkine op 02-07-2009 14:27
              Nice pictures. 
              I guess there's a small mistake in this sentence
              "This soldier has been a member of
              Algerian and Tunesian Spahi-troops.
              On the grave  is the name of the unit, 51ème BTS. I Guess BTS stands for 'Bataillon de Tirailleurs Sénégalais'. Therefore, I think the soldier was a Senegalese soldier, not an Algerian or a Tunisian one
              Best regards,
              Pierre op 02-07-2009 14:51
              @ Potemkine. You are right! I will change the text a few moments after my message. It is always a joy to receive such messages from observant guests! Thank you, Potemkin, for helping me to improve this website!
              cottiny op 01-02-2010 22:15
              Hi! Congratulations for the great job. Just an information, the Senegalese Tirailleurs were not always Senegalese, they came from all the French African Territories. It was thought convenient to call them "Senegalais". Initially they were volunteers, then, after 1916, called as recruits.
              They may look a bit exotic, but they were tough troops. Several BTS (battaillons de tirailleurs Sénégalais) got the honor to be granted the title "assault troops", alongside elite home troops like "Chasseurs".  A good example is the 51th BTS, which took part of the famous storm to reconquer Fort Douaumont, right in the middle of Verdun, in october 1916.
              During the coldest months of winter, they were withdraw from the lines for rest and training in the south of France, for obvious reasons!
              Best regards, Gérard
              Pierre op 01-02-2010 23:18
              @ Gérard. Thank you,Gérard, for your informative addition about the Tirailleurs Sénegalais. On many of my photo pages, especially on the one about “Fort de Douaumont” , I mention the feats of arms of all French Colonial troops. In my pages about the battlefields of the “Vosges” , there is no way to avoid the many feats of arms of the elite light infantry mountain troops of the Chasseurs Alpins, “Les Diables Blues”. I do hope, that you will find some time, Gérard, to visit these pages also.
              Again: thanks for your attentive contribution!
              jeroen kock op 31-10-2012 20:19

              wat een geweldige site heb je pierre, ik akker het vaak door op het moment dat ik weer eens een tocht maakt naar het oude frontgebied, ik heb een vraag, er is veel bekend over verdun de somme ieper etc echter de eerste slag aan de aisne is niet echt bekend bij het grote publiek ik zou graag willen weten wie er precies aan mededen en hoeveel slachtoffers zijn hierbij gevallen.

              Pierre Grande Guerre op 01-11-2012 13:50

              @ Jeroen Kock. Dank je wel, Jeroen, voor jouw aardige bericht van een mede-frontganger en kennelijk een trouwe bezoeker!Ik beperk mij nu slechts even tot het Nivelles offensief en ik laat nog even de andere perioden, tijdens welke er ook velen zijn gevallen, hier buiten. Van april tot en met oktober 1916 tijdens het Nivelle – offensief,  waren er naar schatting 187.000 verliezen (gewonden en doden) aan Franse zijde en toch nog 163.000 verliezen aan Duitse zijde. Overigens lopen de verscheidene schattingen nogal uiteen. Sommige van deze gaan hoger, naar over de 200.000 Fransen en zelfs meer dan 300.000 Duitsers, maar het eerste “voorzichtige” voorbeeld geeft toch een aardig beeld van het resultaat van deze slachting. Elke Franse divisie heeft tijdens deze slag gemiddeld 2.600 man verloren!In 1914, tijdens de Slag om de Aisne ( behorend bij / deel van de Slag om de Marne) verloren de Duitsers 120.000 man. De Franse verliezen zijn mij nu niet bekend, maar zullen iets lager liggen. Tijdens de Tweede Slag om de Marne in 1918 verloren de Duitsers in dit gebied zo’n 130.000 man, de Britten en Amerikanen 127.000 man, de Russen 29.000 man, en de Fransen verloren 98.000 man. Alles bij elkaar genomen, Jeroen , inderdaad,  met deze duizelingwekkende getallen vormde de streek van en rondom de Chemin des Dames een bloedig slagveld.Pierre

              jeroen kock op 05-11-2012 20:17

              Pierre mijn volgende trip staat gepland om de Champagne onder de loep te nemen, main de massiges drakenhole Fort de Pompelle etc. wat ik graag zie zijn de autenntieke slagvelden het liefst zoveel mogelijk niet aangeroerd. Wat is een goede route in de Champagne regio?  Tevens heb ik wat gelezen dat in de champagne regio een groot gedeelte van het slagveld tegenwoordig onderdeel is van een militaire basis? je kan dus niet zomaar het slagveld bezoeken wat weet jij ervan 

              Pierre Grande Guerre op 05-11-2012 20:37

              @ Jeroen Kock. Inderdaad is een deel van het Champagne slagveld nu verboden militair terrein, Volg mijn route eens in drie delen : http://pierreswesternfront.punt.nl/content/2008/03/champagne-russian-cmty-mont-navarin !

              Bedankt weer.


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