We follow the DSt 3A southward. On both sides of the road traces of
the extended trenchs systems of the infamous "Tranchée de Calonne".
The road had been named after France's Minister of Finance
under Louis XVI, Count de Calonne, on whose initiative
this road was made to reach his nearby Chateau.
In World War 1 the German and French elaborate trench systems
were on both sides of the road in the woods.
The road itself did become also a French trench.
Nowadays one can still find a lot of relics
and traces of the trenches in these woods.
Relics of observationsposts, barbed wire, shelters,
and dressing stations seem only to be spotted
by an observant eye.
Along the road and in the wood you wil find
some private memorials ...
... commemorating a soldier,
killed nearby or on the spot of the small memorials.
A memorial commemorating the fights of
the French 54th Infantry Regiment
and it's fallen soldiers in this sector
from 22 September 1914 until 2 August 1915.
Along the road this cross in memory of the French author,
Henri Alain Fournier, disappeared during an action in
this sector on 22 September 1914.
We enter the woods for a walk of about 1 kilometer,
to the spot, where his body has been found in 1991.
This is is the spot where the brother in law of Alain Fournier, after years of study and searching, located the bodies of
Fournier and some of his men on 2 May 1991.
|Alain Fournier was a much promising poet and author in the French literature. In 1913 his only novel was published: “Le Grand Meaulnes”. It became immediately a big success. Nowadays this book is still a highly estimated cult work in France. On 1 August 1914 Fournier rejoined his 288th Infantry Regiment. On 22 September 22 1914 Fournier and his men disappeared fighting on this location along the Tranchée de Calonne. In 1991 Jacques Rivier, Fournier’s brother in law, succeeded lo locate this ditch. Rivier found 3 officers, amongst them Fournier, and 15 soldiers. Their bodies have been buried in the St. Remy de Calonne Cemetery.
The Memorial Flame with Fourniers book and képi.
"IN MEMORY OF THE 21 SOLDIERS
OF THE 288TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
KILLED DURING COMBAT IN THIS OPEN SPOT
ON 22 SEPTEMBER 1914
Le Souvenir Francais, 26 September 1993"
The graves of Fournier and his men, covered by a glass roof.
We continue southward to the Foret d'Apremont
or Apremont Forest.
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