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:
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.
Genl. of the
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
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.
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
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.
Some period pictures courtesy of Herr G.F. Dose (+ 2008) ©.