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              Warning: Sometimes on the battlefield
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              Chemin des Dames part 2 - Dragon's Cave

              Chemin des Dames part 3     

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              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 

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              Hohrodberg-Giragoutte-Trois Epis  

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              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     

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              Montfaucon- Romagne s/s Montfaucon

              Butte de Vauquois

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              The Bunker of the German Crownprince

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              Neuve Chapelle - Richebourg

              Aubers - 1915 

              Fromelles - 1916  

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              Notre Dame de Lorette 

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              La Main des Massiges

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              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

              Calonne Trenches Tranchée

              Fort de Troyon

              Apremont Forest Trenches

              Butte de Montsec

              Rémenauville Destroyed Village

              le Bois le Prêtre / das Priesterwald 

              SOMME British Sector

              SOMME INTRODUCTION

              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

              Gommecourt 

              Fricourt Deutsche Kriegsgräberstatte 

              Contalmaison 

              Mametz Wood 

              Trones Wood Montauban Guillemont

              Caterpillar Valley Longueval 

              High Wood Longueval

              Delville Wood Longueval

              Pozières  

              Martinpuich

              le Sars Butte de Warlencourt

              Flers Gueudecourt

              Adanac Canadian Cmty. Mireaumont

              SOMME French Sector 

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              Rancourt Cimetière National

              Rancourt Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof

              Dompierre - Becquincourt Fay Soyécourt

              Flaucourt Biaches

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              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 

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              Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood

              Hooge

              Clapham Junction Zandvoorde Bunker

              Polygon Wood Zonnebeke

              Hill 60 Hollebeke Lankhof Farm

              Messines Ridge

              Pilkem Ridge

              Boezinge Essex Farm Ziegler Bunker

              Langemark Poelkapelle St. Juliaan

              Passchendaele Ridge

              Mount Kemmel Lettenberg Bunkers

              Ploegsteert Wood

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              Nieuport Ramskapelle

              Pervijze  Stuijvekenskerke

              Diksmuide Trench of Death 

              Leke Vladslo Houthulst

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              Franse Aas der Azen: René Fonck
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              Prowse Point Cemetery
              Hoe Sgt. Kunze Fort Douaumont
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              Frank Hurley: Fotoshoppen In 1917
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              Herdenking Op Douaumont 2008
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              Bayernwald
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              Kapitein Joost van Vollenhoven
              Huis Doorn
              Update
                 “Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje II
              Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje I 

               

               












              Fort Troyon
               
              Saint Mihiel Salient:
               
               
              Fort de Troyon 
               
              year of visit: 2005. 
               
               
              Along the borders of the Meuse and the D 964, north of St. Mihiel lies the fortress, just behind the frontlines of the salient.
              The place tells about the heroic defense against the German attacks of September 1914 by Capitaine Heym.
               
               
               
              We approached the fort from the same direction
              as the Germans did in September 1914.
               
               
              The fort has a surface of some 40 hectares.
               
               
               

              In 1914 there were only 400 soldiers defending it,
               
               
              strengthened with 4 guns of 120 mm and 12 guns of 90 mm.
               
               
              This is the main entrance of the Fort,
              where used to be an iron bridge,...
               
               
              ... as we can see in these pictures after the bombardement
              of 8 September 1914.

               
               
               
              We enter via the main gate into the guard room
              overseeing the bridge.
               

               
              Monsieur André Stalens, conservator of the fort,
              tells us the story of Capitaine Heym.
               
               
               
              Capitaine Heym was appointed to commander of the fort by a recent incident of "desertion" of  his predecessor.
              The German 5 th Army bombarded the fortress on 8 September 1914 heavily,
              and attacked it ferociously with 6.000 men.
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
              Somewhere in the days between 9 and 14 September 1914, 6 German Cavalrists with a white flag appeared  in front of the bridge.
              Capitaine Heym, severely wounded by shellfire and supported by 2 soldiers, stood in front of the main gate.
              The Germans asked Heym to surrender. Heym's answer was:
              "Capituler? Ne jamais, je preferre de incinérer dans les ruines que capituler!"
              "Surrender? Never, I rather prefer to burn in the ruins than surrender!"
               
              After 5 days of siege the French had succeeded in defending the fort,with only 400 troops against a force of 6.000!
              The Germans would never succeed to capture the fort during the war.
              When the siege was over, Cpt. Heym consented to be brought into a hospital to recover from his wounds.
              After his recovery he volunteered for his employment again on the front.
              He died in a heroic one man-action in the Bois le Pretre on 17 April 1915 by a shot in his head.
               
              Monsieur Stalens,
              "passioné de coeur pour la histoire de la Grande Guerre",
              had lost his 2 grandfathers in the war.
              He took us on a 4-hour and exciting trip through the fort.
               
               
              First he showed us the "caponnière", a grenade room.
              Outside and about 7 meters below is a ditch
              from where the Germans tried to attack.
               
               
              Through the holes in the walls the French soldiers
              would succesfully throw handgrenades.
              Another "caponnière" in the fort...
               
               
              We went on, listening to Monsieur Stalens...
               

               
              These rooms were meant for the Major,
              and the 2 rooms on the right were stables for the horses
              pulling the guns.
               
               
               
              One of the 3 kitchens. Every part of the army in the fort,
              be it infanterie, artillery, or genie, had it's own kitchen.
               
               
              Some relics of the time in the kitchen.
               
               
              And of course each unit had it's own bakery.
               

               
               
               
              Some other offices, on the left the hospital.

               
               
              3 Soldiers are still buried in there under the debris of shellfire.

               
               
              A "caponnière" with soldiers graffitti of the time still on the wall.

               
               
               
              This graffitti is written with a pencil,
              and conserved by the constant temperature of 12 degrees C.
               
               
              The door to one of the 2 powder rooms with 3 locks.
              The keys were separately saved by the respective commanders
              of the army units, infanterie, artillery, and genie (engineers).
               
               
              The powder room on the inside.
              The other room collapsed after an explosion of a 320 mm obus.
              12 Soldiers are still buried there under the debris.
               
               
               
              An airview of 1917 of the fort.
               
               
              We end our expedition near the monument in the Fort
              to commemorate Cpt. Heym.
               
               
               
              Mr. Stalens offers me a "gargousse", a 90 years old cotton bag
              for a French 120 mm shell, as a present.
               
               
              We parted as friends forever,
              sharing the same "Passion de Coeur pour la Grande Guerre".
               
               
               
               Continue to the next chapter:
              "Apremont Forest Trenches". 







              Reacties

              Wouter op 20-05-2011 14:51
              Wonderful chapter Pierre, the problem when I start reading one chapter, I keep on reading through the following chapters also :-)
              Pierre op 20-05-2011 15:58
              @ Wouter. Whenever it is possible, I try to build in a modest cliff hanger to the next page. So I mean to provoke you to read more pages than planned.
              Thanks for your nice comment here, Wouter!
               
              Pierre
              Wouter op 21-05-2011 09:51
              Well Pierre, you did/do a great job in providing those cliff hangers! Indeed you can say that, I certainly read more pages than planned! :-D you're welcome, your work is really appreciated! Wouter
              Pierre op 21-05-2011 12:06
              @ Wouter. I often get "complaints" of people, who are not able to stop at one page, but who at least feel "forced" to read a whole chapter of photo pages.Another common "complaint" is, that there is way too much hereto view and to read. I am trying here to give a complete oversight of the Western Front as possible. I always advise those persons to return for another visit on a moment, when they feel they will be open for more stuff of Pierre.
              Thanks Wouter!
               
              Pierre
              Wouter op 21-05-2011 19:39
              Hello Pierre, I experience the same problem! I don't have much free time for the moment, but when I start reading here, I can't stop! That's why I just close my browser at a certain point, that way I'm forced in studying again.. But I'm sure to return for further reading after my exams, because I too notice there is a lot to see here! Fine weekend, Wouter
              Pierre op 22-05-2011 16:13
              Thanks, Wouter!
               
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