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              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  

              Reichackerkopf  

              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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              The Bunker of the German Crownprince

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              Aubers - 1915 

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              First Battle of the Marne   

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              Second Battle of the Marne

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              Butte de Montsec

              Rémenauville Destroyed Village

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              SOMME British Sector

              SOMME INTRODUCTION

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              Mine Craters Lochnagar Hawthorn

              Thiepval Memorial Mouquet Farm  

              Thiepval Wood - Ulster Tower

              Ovillers La Boiselle

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              Redan Ridge 

              Newfoundland Memorial Park  

              Serre Hébuterne 

              Sheffield Memorial Park Serre

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              Fricourt Deutsche Kriegsgräberstatte 

              Contalmaison 

              Mametz Wood 

              Trones Wood Montauban Guillemont

              Caterpillar Valley Longueval 

              High Wood Longueval

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              le Sars Butte de Warlencourt

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              Adanac Canadian Cmty. Mireaumont

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              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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              Menin Road Railway Wood

              Maple Copse - Hill 62 - 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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              Pervijze  Stuijvekenskerke

              Diksmuide Trench of Death 

              Leke Vladslo Houthulst

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              Frank Hurley: Fotoshoppen In 1917
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              Hohrodberg - Giragoutte - Trois Epis
              Alsace Vosges:
               
              Hohrodberg
               
              Hohrod Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof
               
              Le Grand Honack
               
              Giragoutte
               
              Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof - Les Trois Epis
               
              years of visit: 2004 -  2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010. 
               
              South of the Lingekopf and the Schratzmännele, at the junction of the D 5B1 and the D 11 Vl; a visit to the Hohrodberg German War Cemetery. Next we follow the D 11 Vl eastward passing the memorial for the Red Devils at the Grand Honack, further on into the former German territory to the German dressing station near the hamlet of Giragoutte, and to the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof at Les Trois Epis to return along this road to the French memorial at the Hohrodberg and it's wide panorama over the Munster Valley.

              At the southern foot of the Schratzmännele, 
              on the junction with the Hohrodberg, called the Baerenstall...
               
               
              ... some Germans built this cairn and the smaller one next to it.
              Early in the war the German regiments started to erect
              their own monuments along the front.
               
               
              By vandalism after the war, most of the medaillons
              with inscriptions have been destroyed.
              Only this medaillon survived the vandalism.
               
               
              "Leu.(tnant) d.(er) Res.(erve)
              Karl Willlim
              B(a)y.(erische) L.(andwehr) Inf.(anterie) Rgt.(Regiment) No. 1
              5(?) Komp.(agnie)
              Gef(allen) ?. 8.1916"
               
               
               
               
              During the hard winter of 1915 the Germans launched again a series of attacks. On 22 January the Germans launched fierce attacks at the summit of the Vieil Armand or Hartmannswillerkopf. On 22 February 1915 the Germans conquered Metzeral, on the 19th they occupied the nearby Reichackerkopf. During this week the Germans also bombarded the Col de la Schlucht and the area behind the Vosges ridges into the direction of Gerardmer, an important connection point for supplying troops and materials to the front.

              On 21 February the Germans conquered the villages of Hohrod and Stosswihr, and the Hohrodberg itself. The winter conditions were so harsh that the German offensive petered out on 25 February 1915.
               
              In front of the Hohrod Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof
              stands this German bunker.
               
               
              It has some holes for guarding the area around it, ...
               
               
              ... but I presume it has also been the entrance to
              an underground tunnel- and "Stollen"system.
               
               
              At least the bunker has been hit once.
               
               
              We enter the Hohrod Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof.
              Whatever the nationality of the buried soldiers may be,
              every military cemetery tells it’s own story.
               
               
              The story is always told by using few words and
              an almost endless list of names of fallen soldiers.
              Most of the German soldiers and officers buried here,
              have been killed during the battle of
              the nearby Lingekopf in the summer of 1915.
               

              "IN THIS CEMETERY REST 2.438 GERMAN SOLDIERS - 1914-1918"
               
               
              The inscriptions on this 1915 tombstone is alas not
              readable for me anymore.
               
               
              A German post war period postcard of the cemetery.
               
               
              At the top of the cemetery is a mass grave marked
              by two short towers with inscripted plaques.
              The plaque on the right has fallen out of it's frame.
               
               
              "HIKER STAY IN THOUGHT AND TELL AT HOME
              HOW WE AS MEN (HAVE) FALLEN IN LOYALTY
              FOR THE FATHERLAND".
               
              The left tower of the mass grave memorial.
               
               
              "WE LIE TOGETHER IN ROW AND COLUMN
              WE STAND TOGETHER IN LIFE
              AROUND THE SAME CROSS AND THE SAME DECORATION
              WERE GIVEN US AT THE GRAVE
              NOW WE REST HERE FROM OUR HEATED STRUGGLE
              1914 AND (......). COMFORTED BY THE ETERNITY 1918"
               
              "IN A COMMON GRAVE REST HERE 942 GERMAN SOLDIERS
              542 STAY UNKNOWN"
               
               
              Followed by plagues with lists of names of ...
               
               
              ... fallen soldiers and the date of their death.
                 
               
               
              The year of 1915 is prominent on the plagues.
               
               
              A 1915 tomb stone:
              “(unreadable) To Our Comrade F. (unreadable) M. G.  (unreadable) – 29.7.1915
              To a Heroe in loyal memory”
               
               
              And as always black crosses, ...
               
               
              ... sometimes shared by 2 or 4 buried soldiers.
               
               
              With a last view from the cemetery into the direction of the road, we go right and drive on to the Grand Honack.
               
               
              We follow on along the D 11VI eastward,
              staying on the slope of the Hohrodberg.
               
               
              This road, running from Les-Trois-Epis to the front line
              at the Kleinkopf, used to be a "street" with
              a lot of bunkers along it and a 60 cm. railway.
               
               
              On the verge of the road we detect this German field altar,
              also made of concrete.
              The Catholic grails are still to be seen,
              the text is alas not readable anymore.
               
               
              Furtheron, driving very slowly at walking speed, 
              we detected some German shelter bunkers, ...
               
               
              ... overgrown and hidden in the dense wood.
               
               
              We arrive now at the slopes of the Kuhberg.
               
               
              This bunker lost it's roof, ...
               
               
              ... and it's interior is overgrown.
               
               
              Same bunker in 2009.
               
               
              We continue to the pass of the Grand Honack.
               
               
              Along the D 11 VI, the hikers path, GR 523, we continue
              upward passing the summit of the Grand Honack (976 m.).
               
               
              On the corner of the road and the path a memorial crucifix,
              a flagpole, ...
               
               
              ... and the memorial for the "Diables Rouges", the Red Devils:
               
              "HERE
              ON THE 19TH OF AUGUST 1914
              THE 3rd BATTALION
              OF THE 152nd I(nfantry) R(egiment)
              SURPRISED THE 1st REGIMENT
              OF THE BAVARIAN LANDWEHR
              AND AFTER THAT A BATTLE OF 5 HOURS
              CUT THEM INTO PIECES."
              Like the memorial of the reclining, dead soldier at the Cemetery at the Col du Wettstein has been a gift of the Red Devils Regiment to the Battalions of the Blue Devils (Chasseurs Alpins) , this memorial has been a gift by the Blue Devils to their comrades in arms of the Red Devils.
               
              "THE BLUE DEVILS
              TO THEIR GLORIOUS COMRADES
              THE RED DEVILS
              REGIMENT OF FRANCE"
              The kepi with the red top gives the memorial a personal touch.
              Of course the sculptor added the symbol of the Red Devils.
               
              We continue along the D 11 VI into the direction
              of Giragoutte to find this German bunker at the northern side
              of the road, constructed and dug in the slope of the mountain.
               
               
              From the German occupation of this sector in February 1915
              it used to be the entrance to an underground
              German Dressing Station.
              It has been improved in 1917.
               
               
              The circle shaped spots still tell us, 
              where the Red Cross symbols were located on the architrave.
              The text on the architrave is not readable anymore,
              only some lose characters.
               
               
              Thanks to this 1919 picture the text of the inscription was:
               
               
              I went inside. In the walls at the back of the 2 rooms, ...
               
               
              ... I could still find door openings, leading inside the mountain,
              which are now filled in.
               
               
              These filled in corridor tunnels were also giving entrance
              to an underground "Stollen" system.
               
               
              Some 500 m. further on we detect other entrances
              to underground tunnel systems.
               
               
              Another 100 m. further on on the same side of the road
              this armoured door and entrance to an ammunition bunker.
               
               
              We are going on further eastward,
              at the 3-way junction we turn left.
               
               
              After the second curve of the road, we park our car,
              and we descend on the northern side of the road ...
               
               
              ...  a track in the wood downward to this bunker.
               
               
              We return by car to the junction and continue along the D 11.
               
               
              In the verge of the 3rd curve we park our car to descend
              another track to this memorial at the outskirts
              of Labaroche Evaux.
               
               
              It is a German memorial Stone, dedicated to General Otto Reuter,
              who commanded several Reserve and Landwehr Brigades
              during the battles in the Vosges.
               
              "General
              Otto Reuter
              Genl. of the
              Geb. M.G.A."
               
               
              Geb. M.G.A. stands for  a Gebirgs-Maschinengewehr-Abteilung, which was a unit of special mountain machine-gun teams.
               
              We return to our car and follow again the D 11 eastward.
               
               
              Opposite the "Relais au Trois Epis" we go left and we enter
              a forest road running southward for some 200 m. into
              the direction of "Chalet Meierhof".
               
               
              It is a memorial of a Gebirgs-Maschinengewehr-Abteilung,
              a special mountain machine-gun unit.
              Only one side is still partly readable.
               
              "To Our Fallen Heroes (...) Gebirgs-Maschinengewehr-Abteilung"
               
              From here we return to the D 11 to continue eastward to
              the hamlet of Les Trois Epis.
               
               
              At the northern outskirts of the hamlet we visit...
               
               
              ... the circle shaped ...
               
               
              ... Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Ammerschwihr-Trois Epis.
               
               
              "AT THIS CEMETERY REST 273 GERMAN SOLDIERS".
              (Three of them being Second World War victims)
               
               
              We follow the circle shaped path around the cemetery
              anti-clockwise.
               
               
              The soldiers, buried here, have been killed
              during all 4 years of the war.
               
               
              This Vizefeldwebel, Karl Kliemann, of the 1st Company of
              the Gardejäger Bataillon died "for King and Fatherland"
              on 27 July 1915.
               
               
               
              View to the centre of the circle with steel, black crosses.
               
               
               
              "Here rests Landsturmmann Karl Koch
              L.I.R. N.2, 1K.
              + 10-VI-16"
               
               
              This Bavarian memorial is dedicated to several soldiers,
              killed in 1918.
               
               
              The Bavarian royal lion in this heraldic weapon with oak leaves
              holds the Bavarian flag with white and blue lozenges.
               
               
              Some inscriptions are hard to read. Names of a machine gunner,
              a stretcher bearer, and an artillerist of B.F.A.R. 6,
              all killed in 1918.
               
               
              The inscription on the left side of the memorial,
              is dedicated to a stretcher bearer.
               
               
              The inscription on the right side of the memorial is dedicated
              to an artillerist, also of the Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment 6.
               
               
               
              The grave of Lt. Major Frober, a cavalarist of the Bavarian Reserve Kavalerie Schütze Abteilung, killed in 1914,
              "witnessed by his Chief of the squadron and the NCO of the second squadron".
               
               
              "He died a heroe's death, MG marksman Jakob  Hermann,
              Mountain Machine Gun Company 251
              Killed 11-12-1915"
               
               
              A last view over the
              Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Ammerschwihr-Trois Epis.
               
               
              From Les Trois Epis we return back and south-westward
              along the same D 11 VI to the Hohrodberg for
              a wide panorama over the Munster Valley.
               
               
              At the cairns in front of
              the Hohrod German War Cemetery we turn left, ...
               
               
              ... and follow the D 5 B1 southward.
               
               
              If you pass this fountain on the west side of the road, ...
               
               
              ... you are only some 100 meters away from this rather hardly visible bunker in a slope of the Kleinkopf.
               
               
               
              Just out of the woods, more to the south, 
              in a curve along the road we arrive at the French Memorial
              at the Hohrodberg.
               
               
              This memorial is dedicated to the civilian and military victims
              of the community of Hohrod of both World Wars.
              This plaque is for the Great War victims of Hohrod.
               
               
              The site of the Hohrodberg Memorial offers a wide panorama view
              over the former battlefields.
               
               
              Panorama westward at the ridges of the Vosges mountains.
               
              A detail of a German army panorama view from the same direction.
               
              From left ro right:
              Reichackerkopf, Sattel, Petit Honeck, Honeck, Schlucht.
               
               
              View north-west: Le Tanet and Gazon de Faite.
               
               
              Panorama southward over the Valley of Munster.
               
               
              Again from left to right: the town of Munster.
               
               
               
              View south-west at the ridges.
               
               
              From the Hohrodberg we descend to the Munster Valley,
              and visit the Col du Sattel and the Reichackerkopf.
               
               Continue to the next chapter: "Reichackerkopf". 
              Some period pictures courtesy of Herr G.F. Dose (+ 2008) ©.




              Reacties

              Ben op 23-01-2009 16:35
              Bedankt Pierre en Christine erg mooi.
              Ben
              B.v.d.Heiden op 28-04-2009 11:32
              Hi ben ik weer, blijf terug komen.
              Hoewel ik regelmatig op WO I begraafplaatsen kom, pas nog in Menen, Tyne Cot en omgeving, blijf ik mij verbazen over de aantallen die vermeld staan op diverse monumenten etc.. Geloof dat ik nooit kan bevatten in wat voor aantallen zij gesneuveld zijn. Ook op deze site staan weer aantallen die ik voor onmogelijk hou.2400 dat is 3.5 maal het aantal inwoners van Clinge op één begraafplaats.
               
              Hoop tot vlug, gr. Ben

              Pierre op 28-04-2009 16:06
              @ Ben v.d. H. Twee keer bedankt, Ben. Inderdaad is het soms onvoorstelbaar al dieduizendtallen aan gesneuvelden.Ik maak regelmatig vergelijkingen met de bevolkingsaantallen van dorpjes, steden, of ja, helaas soms zelfs met de capaciteit van voetbalstadions, om mij enigszins deze immense aantallen te kunnen voorstellen.
              Nog maar enkele weken, alvorens wij weer mogen vertrekken naar la douce France....
               
              Pierre .
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