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              Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje I 



              Apremont Forest Trenches
              Saint Mihiel Salient:
              Apremont Forest Trenches
              Trench of Thirst - Roffignac Trench
              Bavarian Trench -  Quarry
              years of visit: 2005 - 2006. 
              Foret d' Apremont, Apremont Forest, south side of the Salient, a sideroad of the D 171c, site of large networks of trenches, sometimes of 8 lines deep.
              We start with the Trench of Thirst.
              We start in d'Ailly Wood in the forest of Apremont with
              the "Tranchée de la Soif", the Trench of Thirst.
              Near the Trench of Thirst, the first French line.

              From September 1914 until July 1915 heavy fighting
              took place here in ...
              ... the Forest of Apremont near Hill 362 between
              the French 172th R.I. and Bavarian troops.
              Later also Württemberger troops
              would be deployed in this sector.

              On 20 May 1915 Commander d 'André with
              his 5th and 7th company tried to recapture the lost trenches
              in the Bois d 'Ailly (Ailly Wood).
              d 'André's 7th company soon reached the 5th German line, 
              before they were trapped in the trench.

              The 5th company had been going in hiding for shellfire
              and machine gun fire, and could not keep up the pace of the 7th.
              The Bavarians soon counterattacked,
              and almost surrounded the 7th company!
              The 80 men of the 7th company withdrawed to
              the German 4th line, were they were isolated with
              some wounded men also.
              d 'André refused to surrender.
              The Germans launched a another heavy attack with mortars
              on the next day, 21 May.
              It was a warm day.
              Everywhere dust, no water, and hardly ammunition available.

              On the 22nd the Germans attacked again
              and made the 73 survivors prisoners.

              d  'André, last man to leave the trench,
              spoke to his men this words:
              "N'oubliez jamais la Tranchée de la Soif!"
              "Do never forget the Trench of the Thirst".
              The memorial dedicated to the  French 172th and 372th R.I.: 
              "TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD 1914-1918"
              Le Bois Brulée:
              Trenches of Roffignac, Trenches of the Bavarians.
              Foret d' Apremont, north east side of the forest, le Bois Brulée,
              the Burnt Wood, the Trenches of Roffignac, and the Trenches of the Bavarians, south in the Salient of St. Mihiel.
              Another part of the Forest of Apremont, "le Bois Brulée",
              the Burnt Wood.
              In the forest are the traces of a large network of
              3 French lines and 8 German trench lines.
              "Les Tranchées de Roffignac", the Trenches of Roffignac.

              I am standing now in  No Man's Land;
              both first opponent lines were only 2,5 m away from each other.


              "Les Tranchées des Bavarois",
              the  Trenches of the Bavarians...
              ... were fortified with concrete dug outs and saps
              by the Bavarian regiments, contructed mainly in 1916.
              Of all the sites we have visited along the front,
              I prefer this kind of preservation of the battlefield.
              Nature took over,
              and its vegetation covered and conserved the relics.
              This place looks like it has hardly been touched in 90 years.
              As if you would be "the first one to discover this place".

              Entrance of a Bavarian Command Post Bunker...

              "IN TREUE FEST", "Firm in Loyalty",
              the slogan of the Bavarian regiments.
              A firestep ...
              A snailhouse-formed trench with several rifle-holes.
              Relics of barbed wire,
              which always surrounded the trenches in thick layers.
              My advise is to do not leave the little paths in the forest;
              the earth is stilled filled with explosives and corpses.
              Relics of a German hospital in the Bois Brulée.
              The entrance to the bunker.
              The interior of the dressing post and hospital bunker.
              There is much more to see in the Forest of Apremont,
              like the quarries, the shelters for German soldiers....
              The Quarry.
              Just outside the village of Apremont, on the southeast side,
              after a bend of the left of the D 907, 
              I had to climb this steep, wooded hillside, ...

              ... to discover the hardly noticible relics of the quarry.

              The Germans used this quarry as an extended shelter system, ...

              ... not far away from the trenches at the Bois Brulée
              ("Burnt Wood") at the edge of Apremont Forest.

              Inside the quarry the Germans created almost a little village
              with furnished rooms, even carpets, an Officer's mess,
              and a "Bierkeller".
              The concrete relics of a wall, to protect the path to
              the trenches further into the Bois Brulée.
              This huge shelter system was one of the first targets
              for the supporting French troops during the American offensive
              in 1918 to reconquer the St. Mihiel Salient.
              From here we go to the left and immedialtely to the right
              to follow the D 12 northeast to the Butte de Montsec. 
               Continue to the next chapter:


              B.v.d.Heiden op 20-04-2009 17:25
              Weer genieten Pierre, alhoewel ik aan het twijfelen ga van wat ga ik bezoeken.
              bedankt weer
              oja beetje onvriendelijk wat je boven de foto van Christine zet :)
              Pierre op 20-04-2009 17:29
              @ Ben. Hahahahahahaha! Zo had ik het nog niet bekeken, Ben, maar inderdaad kan je het als niet vleiend voor haar opvatten!
              Bedankt weer, Ben!
              Wouter op 20-05-2011 14:39
              Prachtig verslag Pierre, tof dat je deze nog eens in het daglicht hebt gebracht! Inderdaad, net alsof je een tijdscapsule binnenstapt, die officiersbunker met opschrift is echt schitterend.. Mooie foto's hoor!
              Pierre op 20-05-2011 16:02
              @ Wouter. Dank je wel. Ik moet daar nog eens naar terug, want ik heb het gevoel dat ik nog lang niet alles heb gevonden in de St. Mihiel sector van wat daar nog te vinden is. Maar dat heb ik met vele plekken, die ik al eens bezocht heb.
              Nogmaals bedankt voor jouw reactie hier!
              Mike & Tracey op 08-07-2012 12:45
              Hi, we have just returned from a second tour of this area. I had a great time again in the Burnt Wood and found the former village in the quarry. I got some great photos and even had bats in the photos!
              Pierre op 09-07-2012 12:46
              @ Tracey & Mike. Thank you for your concise but still very enthousiastic report of your trip into Burnt Wood! Indeed, bats do prefer bunkers as their homes.

              Takkie op 02-01-2013 19:47

              Mooi verslag weer, ben er in het voorjaar geweest en ook nu weer lopen de rillingen over mijn rug. Dit jaar weer heen, zou alleen wat kaarten willen hebben van het gebied rond StMihiel?

              Pierre Grande Guerre op 03-01-2013 16:59

              @ Takkie, Bedankt! Ik zie dat je al contact hebt opgenomen via de e-mail. Ik zal je later terugschrijven hier over.


              Wytze op 17-07-2013 10:47

              Beste Pierre,

              Wat blijven het toch weer fraaie staaltjes geschiedenislessen van jou! Boeiend om te zien dat je op plekken bent geweest die ik jaren geleden met mijn vader bezocht. Mooie herinneringen aan de 'Kruistochten"(zoals hij dat zo treffend noemde) komen weer boven. The Quarry heb ik destijds gemist, dus je biedt me weer een argument om terug te gaan naar de omgeving van St. Mihiel. Deze zomer hoop ik - mits het weer dat toelaat - met jouw gegevens naar Bois de Pretre te gaan. Je leest het: je houdt me bezig! Maar ook: heel hartelijk dank hiervoor!



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