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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 


              Tête du Violu - Bernhardstein

              Chaume de Lusse - Haute de Faîte

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              Ban de Sapt - La Fontenelle

              Senones - la Roche Mère Henry

              Col de la Chipotte - de la Chapelotte

              The Donon - Bunkers - Dug-outs

              ALSACE VOSGES  

              Col du Bonhomme Col de Mandray

              Tête de Faux - Buchenkopf 

              Col du Wettstein - Schratzmännele

              Lingekopf - le Linge  

              Kleinkopf - Barrenkopf 

              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

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              Hill 60 - Hollebeke -

              St. Elooi - Lankhof Farm

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              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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              Kerstbestand 1914
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              Mata Hari
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              De Arm Van De Kaiser
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              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 



              ALSACE Col du Bonhomme Col de Mandray
              Alsace Vosges:
              Col du Bonhomme
              la Roche du Coq de Bruyère
              Col de la Séboue
              Col des Journaux
              Col de Mandray
              years of visit: 2004 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2014.
              Alsace, France, the Vosges Mountains, right flank of General Joffre.  At the summits and passes: battlefields of mountain warfare from the earliest days of the war in August 1914.
              The Col du Bonhomme used to be a border checkpoint
              of the 1871-1914 Franco-German frontier.
              French and German customs-officers pose together in harmony
              for this pre-war post card.
              This old border stone has been moved from the Col itself to
              some 100 m. more southward along the D 148.
              The text is not more readable. It used to be:
              "ELZASSERSTRASSE 8 VON DIEDOLSHAUSEN (nowadays le Bonhomme) NACH NEU BREISACH (nowadays Neuf-Brisach, east of Colmar). HÖHE ŰBER DEN MEER 950 M."
              At the left side: "DEUTSCHLAND COLMAR 32 KM."
              "Alsatian road nr. 8 from le Bonhomme to Neuf-Brisach. Height above sea 950 m."
              This hotel at the Col du Bonhomme forms always
              our base of operations to explore the battlefields.
              According to Martial, our host and cook,
              there used to be a French wartime cemetery
              on the premisses of his hotel.
              The Col's junction offers a good departure point
              for our explorations.
              The Col also offers this Memorial for
              the French, 69-years old General Bataille, commander
              of the 41st Infantry Division since 3 September 1914,  ...
              ... and 6 of his officers, who died on
              the Col du Bonhomme on 8 September 1914
              by the impact of a German artillery grenade.
              From the 41st Infantry Division's War Journal d.d. 08-09-1914:
              "At 11.40 hrs. just returned to the Col du Bonhomme, where the artillery bombardment redoubles it's intensity, General Bataille makes his observations from the houses at the Col, when a 19 cm projectile explodes just in front of him, and it also hits mortally Captain Couillaud."
              Same spot in 1915, officers of the Chasseurs Alpins:
              On 25 August 1914 the 30th. Battalion Chasseurs Alpins ...
              ... occupied the Col and the area around it.
              The ancient road down to le Bonhomme.
              In 2008 we went down for a walk down this road...
              ... to look for the former temporarily quarters of the General.
              General Bataille's headquarters used to be in and
              around this foresters house.
              View from the foresters house at the slopes of the Tête de Faux.
              Around the house,
              some collapsed entrances to former French dugouts.
              View from this spot over the valley of the Béhine-river.
              At the end of the French - Prussian War of 1870-1871 the French lost Alsace Lorraine, a vital and an important industrial area, to the Germans.
              At the beginning of the Great War General Joffre launched Plan XVII,
              a kind of pre-emptive strike to reconquer the lost Alsace Lorraine sector.
              Joffre ordered an "Offensive à l' Outrance!", an "Offensive to the Utmost".
              From 6 August Joffre launched 3 Armies in Alsace Lorraine;
              General Ruffey and his 3rd Army near Metz, General Castelnau and this 2nd Army near Nancy, and General Dubail and his 1st Army near Epinal and the "Crêtes", the summits of the Vosges.
              They were opposed by the Bavarian 6th Army of Crownprinz Rupprecht von Bayern, and the 7th Army of General von Heeringen.
              The fighting for the summits and the mountain passes of the Vosges would go on until
              the end of 1915, the attacks initiated alternately by both parties.
              The battles concentrated on the summits of the Tête de Violu, Col de Mandray,
              Col du Bonhomme, Tête de Faux, le Linge, Collet du Linge, Hohrodberg, Grand Honack,
              Honeck, Rainkopf, Grand Ballon, le Sudelkopf, and the Vieil Armand.
              From the Col du Bonhomme we make a trip northward
              via the D 148 to the Col du Pré des Raves and
              the Col des Bagenelles. From the Col des Bagenelles
              we will later jump westward, via a numberless road,
              into the Forêt Domaniale de la Croix aux Mines. 
              Col du Pré des Raves.
              First: a short route from the Col du Bonhomme northward
              via the Col du Pré des Raves to the Col des Bagenelles.
              East of the Col du Pré des Raves into the direction of ...
              ... the Col des Bagenelles lies along a hairpin curve...
              ... the by dense vegetation hidden
              Roche du Coq de Bruyère (Rock of the Rooster of Bruyère).
              The rock served as an important observation post for the French, with a trench on top of it, ...
              ... and a man-made tunnel beneath it.
              Of course I entered the tunnel,
              armed with my hat for protection and my flashlight.
              After 15 m. at the right is a small and low side room,
              with a rifle hole directed to the east.
              The  main tunnel itself is not higher than 1.25 m.
              Some 15 m. furtheron , again a lower room on the right side.
              It might have served an observation opening eastward,
              or a as "caponnière",
              a hole to throw hand grenades down the steep slope.
              The tunnel ends some 15 m. further on;
              the entrance to the left corridor down is filled in.
              Outside; on the east side of the rock runs a now shallow trench.
              A young tree grows out of the trench.
              Beware. Climbing around this trench is dangerous ...
              ... at the risk of tumbling down the steep slopes.
              At the summit of the trench and the rock a view westward.
              From the same spot a view northward.
              Over the former German lines in the Valley of the Lièpvre river,
              into the direction of Ste. Marie aux Mines (Markirch).
              For quite a different perspective of the Roche du Coq de Bruyère we continue, under other weather conditions, westward to the Col des Bagenelles.

              From the Col des Bagenelles a teleview up- and eastward
              to the Roche du Coq de Bruyère.

              The Col des Bagenelles offers this panorama view northward
              over the valley of the Lièpvre river,
              into the direction of Ste. Marie aux Mines. 
              We return to the Col du Pré des Raves and from there we continue westward.
              We make some stops near the Col du Pré, at the Col de la Séboue,
              the Col des Journaux, and the Col du Mandray. 
              Hundred m. after passing the Col de Pré des Raves, we find on the verge
              of the right, or northern side of the narrow road, a battlefield grave.

              “August 1914 – The border is 100 m. away from here. Enemy troops invade the Vosges. 10,000 Men will be killed during terrible combats on the Col de Journaux, Col de Mandray, and the Behouille. Passer-by, a thought, a prayer for him , who rests beneath this stone.”

              The battlefield grave of a Chasseur Alpin, Lt. Y. Burlé of the 7e B.C.A., killed on 13 August 1914 in the wood some 100 m. west of the Col du Pré des Raves.

              The grave is positioned just in between two 100 years old trees, which clarifies the strange angle of this photo of above. 

              We continue westward to the Col de la Séboue (794 m.), a sign attached to a tree tells: 

              "On the heights of this narrow mountain pass, from Col du Bonhomme at Col des Journaux and Mandray, one of the first battles of the Great War 14-18 took place in August and September 1914. Terrible combats caused thousands of deaths, these relics of a trench is all that is left as sole witnesses."
              This ditch is one of the few relics of a French trench
              along this side road.
              At the Col des Journaux near Fraize
              the Franco American Association raised this monument ...
              ... to commemorate the battles of August and September 1914, ..
              ... and the 400.000 French and Allied soldiers,
              who died during the Great War in the Vosges.
              Left column of this plaque:
              "Dedicated to 7 Indo Chinese Regiments - to 3 Divisions of Polish Volunteers, who fought under French Colours - to the 5th American Infantry Division -
              to the 868 Regiments or Battalions, who took part in the battles from 1914 to 1918 in the Vosges."
              Centre column of the plaque:
              "Memorial erected to honour 400.000 French and Allied soldiers,
              who died for France on the Vosgian soil, high region of combats of war 1914-1918."
              Right column of this plaque:
              "Heraldic shield of the city of Fraize with it's "Croix de Guerre" - dedicated to the Battalions of  the French Chasseurs Alpins (mountain troops) - to the English pilots under the Royal Flying Corps - to the 30 African Regiments - to the 2  Divisions of Czechian Volunteers, who fought under the colours of France.
              A few kilometers to the west, the Col de Mandray (694 m.).
              At the T junction with the D 23 ....

              ... we found this memorial with the inscription:
              COMMANDING THE 13TH B.C.A. (13me Bataillon Chasseurs Alpins) DE CHAMBERY".
              A view from the Verlet - Hanus Memorial westward.
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              op 19-07-2009 22:18
              Prachtig Pierre de Alsace/Vosges blijven boeiend, een plek waar keer op keer weer nieuwe dingen zijn te ontdekken. Ik ga zelf over een paar weken weer dit prachtige gebied bezoeken, een ware ontdekkings reis.
              Pierre op 19-07-2009 22:59
              @ René. Dank je wel, René. Ik hoop dat je mooie dagen in het landschap van de Vogezen zult beleven!
              AUZENE jean-Yves op 26-09-2010 05:33
              French Maire de la commune de La Croix aux Mines
              AUZENE jean-Yves op 26-09-2010 05:34
              Bonjour Maire de la Croix aux Mines
              Pierre op 26-09-2010 12:33
              @le Maire de la Croix-aux-Mines. Merci, Monsieur le Maire de la Croix-aux-Mines, Jean-Yves Auzene, pour votre message ici!
              marilynYpreshotel op 15-10-2010 12:12
              Leuke herinnering aan het Westelijk Front sites, het geeft ons een inzicht in oorlogstijd opwinding in die jaren ... Hopelijk duurt het niet weer gebeuren. In deze streek, waren veel van de opvang van hotel ook gebouwd voor iedere toerist. Ik was in staat een bezoek aan een, als je het wilt weten, kijk maar mijn profiel above.Excellent blog!
              Read phonetically

              Pierre op 16-10-2010 17:30
              @ Marilyn. Dank je wel, Marilyn, voor jouw reactie hier. Ook aan Ieper en omgeving besteed ik op deze website veel aandacht. Kijk eens hier: http://pierreswesternfront.punt.nl/?gr=780014en hier ,http://pierreswesternfront.punt.nl/?gr=779918.
              Nogmaals bedankt, Marilyn.
              Christine GG op 22-10-2012 12:45

              Ziet er mooi uit Pierre, de nieuwe site

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