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              Marne FIRST Battle
               
              Marne 1914:
               
              The First Battle of the Marne.
               
              Betz - Etrépilly - Barcy - Chambry -
               
              Penchard - Chauconin-Neufmontiers -
               
              Montreuil aux Lions
               
              part 2 

              year of visit: 2008. 
               

               
              From Villers Cotterêts we continue our trip, now concentrating on locations of the First Battle of the Marne, in particular in the valley of the Ourq river.
               
              Betz - Bois de Montrolles.
               
               
              Along the D 332 outside the village of Betz
              lies the "Betz - Bois de Montrolles" French National Cemetery.
              The memorial obelisque is dedicated to the soldiers
              of the Army of Paris.
              The mass grave in front of it contains 21 soldiers,
              who fell during the Battle of the Ourq.
               
               
              After 2 days of fighting in Montrolles Wood
              the French 61st Division knew to force the Germans out of
              the wood during the evening of 8 September 1914.
               
               
              The First Battle of the Marne, 5 - 10 September 1914.
               
               
              On 4 September 1914 Général Galliéni, Commander of the Army of Paris, offered Général Joffre important intelligence, perhaps for the first time in history based on air reconnaissance. Galliéni detected that Von Kluck's Army has isolated itself from Von Bülow’s 2nd Army and left it's flanks open. Galliéni urged Joffre to take this chance for a counter offensive.
               
               
              Galliéni's Army of Paris consisted of units from the 3rd and 6th Armies, and a number of reserve divisions. Together with the British Expeditionary Force under General French, the French 6th Army under General Manoury, and the 5th Army under General Franchet d' Esperey, they attacked Von Kluck's 1st Army on 5 September north and east of Paris and in the valley of the river Ourq.
               
              In the east Général Foch's 9th Amy attacked Von Bülow’s 2nd Army, and more to the east Général Langle de Cary's 4th Army attacked the Grand Duke Albrecht's 4th Army.
               
               
              Late on 6 September the right wing of the German 1st Army withdrawed under pressure of the Allies northward to Betz and La Ferté sous Jouarre.
               
              From Paris 6.000 troops were hastily transported in busses and taxicabs to the west of Meaux, where the German 2nd Corps of the 1st Army still resisted along a line northward from Meaux via Monthyon, Chambry, and Barcy, to Betz. This was the beginning of the Battle of the Ourq, which lasted 5 days.
               
               
              In the evening of 7 September the left wing of the German 1st Army retreated on the line Montmirail - Château Thierry - Betz.
               
               
              On 8 September the Allies were pushing the Germans further northward, with raids of the French 1st Cavalry Corps in the north near Betz and Viller Cotterèts, the 6th Army and the Army of Paris pushing beyond Meaux and Chauconin Neufmontiers, and the BEF reaching the south bank of the Marne near la Ferté sous Jouarre, and Château Thierry.
               
               
              While Manoury was still fighting with Von Kluck's right wing near Villers Cotterèts and Betz the British crossed some bridges at Château Thierry and la Ferté sous Jouarre on 9 September.
              On 10 September the BEF closed it's ranks with Manoury's 6th Army in the valley of the Ourq.
               
              During the days of 10 until 12 September the German 1st and 2nd Army retreated northward, still fighting, towards prepared defensive positions behind the Aisne and the Vesle river and on the plateau of the Chemin des Dames.
              The Battle of the Marne proved for the first time, that the German Armies were not completely invincible.
               
              "PARIS THREATENED, PARIS SAVED."
               
              Paris had been saved. For the Allies the victory formed a huge boost in morale and confidence.
               
              Von Moltke's changes on the original Von Schlieffenplan, and the the defeat of the Battle of the Marne made the Kaiser replace von Moltke immediately by General Von Falkenhayn.
               
               
              Near the villages of Puisieux and Etrépilly, along the D 146 A3: ...
               
               
              ... La Ferme de Champfleury, Champfleury Farm.
              During the battle the farm formed the headquarters
              of General Von Kluck.
               
               
              This is the southwestward panorama view,
              which General Von Kluck had from his position.
               
               
              From left to right in 3 parts: ....
               
               
              There was fierce fighting between troops of the
              French 56th Reserve Division in the valley,
              trying to conquer the farm and it's surroundings.
              (In the direction of Etrépilly, right on the horizon).
               
               
              The French 56th Reserve division launched numerous attacks on
              these heights,
              where it broke all counter offensives of German troops.
               
               
              Champfleury Farm, the main position of the Germans,
              was vigorously defended, but after two unsuccessful attacks,
              it was finally conquered by the French on 9 September.
              Once in possession the French were bombarded from Etrépilly.
               
               
              We continue to the local, civilian cemetery of Etrépilly.
              The Germans were entrenched in the cemetery,
              where they managed to stop the attack on 7 September
              by the French 2nd. Zouaves Regiment.
               
               
               
              The French 2nd. Zouaves Regiment fought a bitter fight against the Germans in and around the village of Etrépilly in the valley of the Ourq.
              Originally, in 1831, the Zouaves were founded and based in Algeria. In 1914 the Zouaves regiments were developped in a mix of Algerian soldiers and a majority of French soldiers.
               
              The 2nd. Zouaves Regiment arrived from Barcy with their bayonets ready on their rifles.
              The Zouaves were surprised at their arrival at Etrépilly with German machine gun fire. They tried to keep the position along the walls of the cemetery, but in spite of their efforts, they had to abandon the plateau around, evacuate the village, and return to their trenches near Barcy.
              Lieutenant-Colonel Dubujadoux, the regiment's commander, was killed near the entrance under the west wall of the cemetery. Three quarters of the officers and half of the soldiers fell during this heroic charge. Amongst them was also the commander of the 4th Battalion and the 2nd Zouaves Regiment, Commandant d'Urbal. 
               
              Under pressure of new French attacks the Germans evacuated Etrépilly on 9 September.
              According to some inhabitants of the period, the Germans, before evacuating their positions on 9 September, would have burned in a hangar opposite the cemetery the corpses of their soldiers, killed in the fighting in Etrépilly. These residents claimed, the Germans also added the non-transportable, severely wounded men to the fire.
               
               
              An inscription on a memorial cairn along the east wall:
              "IN MEMORY OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE ARMY OF PARIS
              WHO DIED ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF THE OURQ
              6, 7, 8, 9, 10 SEPTEMBER 1914."
               
               
               
              Along the same wall lies the grave of Henri Champain,
              of the 354th I.R. killed on the 7th.
               
               
              The hard to read tombstone for Louis Doucet,
              awarded with "Chevalier d'Honneur", killed on the 7th.
               
               
              The grave of Corporal André Griette of the 350th I.R.,
              who assisted in renewed attacks after the 7th,
              and who was killed also on the 7th (and not the 8th).
              Griette must have been a war heroe.
              According to the inscription he had been awarded
              with the Medaille Militaire and the Croix de Guerre!
               
               
              Outside the cemetery on the west, the road side of the wall:
               
              "HERE HAS FALLEN MORTALLY COLONEL DUBUJADOUX,
              WHO, AT THE HEAD OF HIS ZOUAVES, HUNTED THE GERMANS IN THE VILLAGE OF ETREPILLY ON 7 SEPTEMBER 1914 DURING A NIGHTLY ATTACK WITH BAYONETS, WHEN HE ALREADY HAD BEEN WOUNDED TWO TIMES"
               
              View over the east wall of the cemetery over
              the former battlefield.
               
               
              On the other side of the road at some 150m. away,
              lies the French National Cemetery of Etrépilly.
               
               
              There is a Memorial with 2 inscriptions,
              dedicated to the Army of Paris.
               
              A quote of the famous author, Victor Hugo:
               
              "GLORY TO OUR ETERNAL FRANCE
               GLORY TO THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR HER"
              "IN MEMORY OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE ARMY OF PARIS, WHO DIED FOR FRANCE ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF THE OURQ SEPTEMBER 1914"
               
              In the cemetery there are graves of soldiers killed near this spot during the period of 7-10 September 1914.
               
               
              On ossuary contains the relics of 534 soldiers,
              which seem to represent all regiments and battalions,
              which were involved in the fighting here.
               
               
              The first grave, at the right plot, is the grave of
              the heroic Lt. Colonel Victor Emile Dubujadoux.
               
               
               
              A view from the cemetery westward.
               
               
               
              We continue along the D 97 to the outskirts of Barcy,
              and to the plateau around it, which was in possession of
              the German 1st Army on 4 September.
               
               
              Around the Memorial of Notre Dame de la Marne,
              there were many bloody battles between 3 and 7 September.
               
               
              Next to the Madonna used to be a wartime cemetery.
              The inscription on the memorial:
              "In memory of all combatants of the 1st Battle of the Marne
              from 4.9.1914 until 10.9.1914"
               
               
              We continue for about 2 km. to the outskirts of Chambry,
              to the Chambry National Cemetery.
               
               
              The cemetery contains 1.331 burials,
              mostly from the summer of 1914,
              of which 990 soldiers are buried in 4 ossuaries.
               
               
              View from the cemetery over the former battlefield.
               
               
              Some 500 m. furtheron: the Chambry Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof.
               
               
              "IN A COMMUNAL GRAVE REST 998 GERMAN SOLDIERS
               985 REST UNKNOWN"
               
               
              Sixty eight known German soldiers share a cross above their graves.
               
               
              Quite remarkable is the lack of mentioning the ranks
              and the date of death on these early war days graves,
              as you usually see on crosses on German war cemeteries.
               
               
               
              We continue to the village,
              to the local, civilian cemetery of Chambry.
              In 1914 the cemetery grounds ended,
              where the wall has no orange tiles on top of it anymore .
              Over the path, to the right, used to be another wall.
               
               
              A relic of the old wall is still left with an interesting inscription:
               
              "HERE RAISED IN 1914 THE WALL OF THE CEMETERY.
              THE ZOUAVES OF THE 45TH DIVISION OF AFRICA DRILLED RIFLE HOLES IN IT, STOPPED THE ENEMY, AND, COUNTERATTACKING AT THE COST OF HEAVY LOSSES, THEY FORCED A HASTY RETREAT, WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO THE VICTORY OF THE MARNE
              6 AND 7 SEPTEMBER 1914
              GLORY TO THEIR DEAD"
               
              The grave of Henri Allaire, Corporal of the 7e de Zouaves
              who was killed on the 7th in the fields surrounding the cemetery.
               
               
              We continue to an in those days for troops important junction ...
               
               
              ... of the D 140 from Paris and the C 2, near Penchard.
              Left to Monthyon, right to Penchard.
               
               
              The Memorial of the Four Roads is dedicated to the Army of Paris.
               
               
              The texts of the inscriptions are the same as
              on the Memorial of Etrépilly.
               
               
              The same quote of Victor Hugo:
               
               
              From the D 140 we turn right on the D 129,
              which offers a northward view at Monthyon.
               
              On the hill of Monthyon, near Meaux, the Germans installed an observation post with machine guns and artillery guns,
              which threatened Paris, some 15 km away.
               
               
              Along this road, west of Chauconin-Neufmontiers:
               "La Grande Tombe de Villeroy", "The Great Grave of Villeroy".
               
               
              The colourful mosaic ossuary contains the relics
              of 133 officers and soldiers,
              of which most of them were killed already on 5 September.
               
               
              I marked the name of the in France famous poet,
              Lt. Charles Péguy.
               
               
              Teleview from the "Grande Tombe" to Monthuyon.
              Monthuyon and Penchard were the most important targets for Peguy's 267th I.R. 
              Nowadays the top is forbidden military terrain,
              rather ironically, for a communication post of the French Army.
               
               
              Hundred meters beyond the "Grande Tombe",
              on the other side of the road is a dangerous (!) junction, 
              with a memorial for Lieutenant Charles Péguy.
               
               
              "IN THESE FIELDS FELL CHARLES PEGUY ON 5 SEPTEMBER 1914"
               
               
              Next to the stèle is an inscription with a quote of a poem of Péguy:
              "HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR THE PROPER LAND
               BUT UNDER RESERVATION THIS WILL BE A JUST WAR.
               HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE LAND.
               HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR A SOLEMN DEATH.
               
               HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN THE GREAT BATTLES
               LYING ON THE SOIL IN THE FACE OF GOD.
               HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED FOR THEIR STOVES AND THEIR FIRE
               AND THEIR HUMBLE HONOURS OF PATERNAL HOUSES.
               
               HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED BECAUSE THEY HAVE RETURNED
               IN THE FIRST CLAY AND THE FIRST LAND.
               HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE DIED IN A JUST WAR.
               HAPPY ARE THE RIPE EARS OF CORN AND THE EARNED GRAINS."
               
              This is the field next to the Péguy memorial.
               
               
              We make a detour along the traffic packed N3 to Paris,
              4 km. west of Meaux, for a most disappointing experience:
              the green patina, bronze statue of Général Galliéni has disappeared! Only it's base is still left.
               
               
              (Afterwards I got information, that the statue had been damaged by bronze thieves in February 2007. The statue seems to be returned on this spot recently.)
               
              View from the statue base over the N3, 
              in the direction of Monthyon with it's modern satellite discs.
               
               
              We continue to the banks of the Marne in the centre of
              La Ferté sous Jouarre.
               
               
              This is the British Memorial to the Missing, of Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne, and the Aisne of the period August - October 1914.
               
               
               
              Some of the 3.888 names.
              These names are of Coldstream Guards without a known grave.
               
               
              The "town side" of the memorial.
               
               
              View from the Memorial on the meandering Marne.
               
               
              Next to the memorial lies a bridge on a historical location.
               
               
              The Pylon commemorates the important action of
              the 4th Division of Royal Engineers, 
              who builded a pontoonbridge here on 9 September.
               
               
               
              At the end of the day we make a jump eastward.
               
               
              To conclude our trip we visit along the N3
              the Montreuil aux Lions British Cemetery.
               
               
              The small cemetery contains 171 burials of the summer of 1914. 102 Of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to 16 casualties, known or believed to be buried among them; in the case of eight men of the 1st Dorset, the special memorial is a panel behind the Cross of Sacrifice. The cemetery also contains the graves of six Second World War airmen.
               
               
              3 Graves of soldiers of the Royal Sussex Regiment,
              fallen on 10 September 1914.
               
               
              These soldiers of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and
              the Royal Sussex regiment fell respectively
              on 10, 16, and 19 September 1914.
               
               
              As sunset we conclude our journey along
              these guilty landscapes with a last view at the Cross of Sacrifice.
               
               
              In the next two pages we visit locations in the same region,
              but this time the locations are related to
              the Second Battle of the Marne of 1918.
               
               
               Continue to the next chapter:

              Reacties

              PeterS op 12-08-2008 18:02
              Nice, informative and with many pictures. Exactly how I like  my history lessons of Master Pierre!!
               
              Thanks again.
              Pierre op 13-08-2008 17:15
              @ PeterS. Thank you, Peter, for letting me know your appreciation for my "history lessons".
               
              "Master" Pierre
              fumarola op 19-01-2010 23:43
              dhHello,
              Thank you for this site, you need to teach french people what's a real good people...
              I'm glad to read you...
              Pierre op 20-01-2010 12:19
              @ Fumarola. You are welcome, and thank you for your kind reaction!
               
              Pierre
              Mirouze op 30-01-2010 17:54
              Hello Pierre,
               
              many thanks for this very interesting and great website that I discovered because we are common friends of Gustaf Bryngelson. I just want to add some informations:
               
              It is french Cuirassiers (with breastplate, not dragoons) escorting german prisoners
               
              the grave of Etrepilly shows Louis Doucet( not Douget) of the 350e RI (reserve regiment of the 150e RI of Saint-Mihiel), I join here the link of his death details:
               
              http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/lib_memh/php/fiche_popup.php?_Base=MPF1418&_Lg=fr&_Fiche=eCSOVsxU3AOmfvwNdGeUEQ==&_C=969198935

              André Griette of the same regiment was KIA the same day, see the link:
               
              http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/lib_memh/php/fiche_popup.php?_Base=MPF1418&_Lg=fr&_Fiche=6CcIUr5WOAMOdXQF6mowEQ==&_C=1651566424

              Charles Péguy was lieutenant in the 276e RI (reserve regiment of the 76e RI of Paris)

              Henri Allaire KIA the 7/9/14 was corporal at the 7e zouaves, see the link:
               
              http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/lib_memh/php/fiche_popup.php?_Base=MPF1418&_Lg=fr&_Fiche=gCMiVchVvAPefxADnmYQEQ==&_C=1653372504


              The website "mémoire des hommes" can help you to find many informations about all the french "poilus" KIA and help to precise some pictures like the faded grave of Louis Doucet.

              Thank you agian for your great work!
              Best regards
               
              Laurent
              Pierre op 30-01-2010 18:16
              @ Laurent. Thank you, Laurent, for your nice comments. It is always a joy to receive guests with an attentive eye, and who do contribute with constructive, critical comments.
              I will change the data, according to your suggestions, Laurent, after this message. These remarks, like yours, always help to improve the quality of my website!
              I am already acquainted with the website of the Mémoire des Hommes, but I was not yet in the early summer of 2008. On newer photo pages of 2009 you will find sometimes facsimile copies of fragments of French War Journals (JMO).
              Thanks again for your message, Laurent, and I hope you will visit later also some other photo pages here.
              Pierre
              P.S. There was already written:
              "Teleview from the "Grande Tombe" to Monthuyon.
              Monthuyon and Penchard were the most important targets for Peguy's 267th I.R."
              Alain Peruez op 22-04-2010 01:59
              Many thanks for this website one of best with pictures I 'm living near Nanteuil le Haudouinbut I didnt know all sites
              I'll go discover this sites soon
              Pierre op 22-04-2010 11:25
              @ Alain P. Merci, Alain! Indeed, as you are living that close near Villers Cotterets, you will easily be able to visit all these sites, that are mentioned here. I wish you much succes with your future historical discoveries of the Marne region.
              Again, Alain, thanks for your compliments and your reaction!
              Pierre
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