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              ALSACE SUNDGAU  

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              Burnhaupt-le-Bas Bunker Path     

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              First Battle of the Marne   

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              Tête de Faux - Buchenkopf
               
              Alsace Vosges:
               
               
              Tête de Faux
               
              Cimetière Duchesne
               
              German Positions - Bunkers
               
              years of visit: 2004 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009. 
               
               
              Tête de Faux, or Buchenkopf; a report of 3 visits on 1 page.
               
              A visit of 2007 and 2009 to the former French positions on the south west side of the Tête de Faux , scene of the terrible losses of the French 215th Infantry Regiment between 21 September and 2 December 1914. Up to the summit.
               
              Next on this page other visits in 2008 and 2009 to the relics of the German positions on the east slope of the Buchenkopf. This area around the Etang du Devin and the summit was the centrepoint of violent battles around Christmas 1914 until February 1915.
               
              2007: From our base of operations we go this time
              to the right on to the D 148, southward.
               
               
              We drive over the Louchpach pass, ...
               
               
              ... which was a scène of heavy fighting
              during the period of August and September 1914, ...
               
               
              ... to reach the parking of the ski station
              of the Col du Calvaire at 1.134 m.
              Here we find a small remembrance stone:
               
              " TO OUR BRAVE COMRADES OF THE 11TH Bon.Chrs. ALPINS, FALLEN ON THE FIELD OF HONOUR
              AUGUST 1914".
               
               
              From the modest memorial we depart for a
              2,5 km long walk upward the Tête de Faux (1.220 m).
               
               
              During our laborious walk through a breathtaking mountain landscape, ...
               
               
              ... I realised that this is one of the summits, ...
               
               
              ...on which the front of the Vosges would froze
              in a trench war from around 21 September 1914.
               
               
              In the dense wood on the southwest slope it is hard to detect...
               
               
              the relics of the French trenches like this overgrown ditch.
               
               
              At the height of 1.121 m. we reach the Military Cemetery,
              named after Commandant Henri Duchesne.
               
               
              The cemetery contains 292 burials and the bodies
              of 116 soldiers, together in a mass grave, an "Ossuaire".
               

               
              Just outside the gate of the Cemetery a memorial obelisque:
               
              "TO IT'S BROTHERS IN ARMS - FALLEN FOR THE FATHERLAND -
              THE 14th BATTALION OF CHASSEURS JUNE 1915"
              On the left side of the obelisque:
               
              "TO COMMANDANT HENRI DUCHESNE - CHIEF OF BATTALIONS OF THE 215th REGIMENT INFANTRY - FALLEN FOR THE FATHERLAND -  2 DECEMBER 1914 - AT THE ATTACK OF GRIMANDE" (a nearby sub summit)
               
              Duchesne's 215th Régiment d'Infanterie occupied
              this sector of the Col du Calvaire front line on 21 September.

               

              On his left the 280th Regiment guarded this sector,
              and on his right the 256th Regiment near the Lac (Lake) Blanc.
              From the end of September the French organised
              small fortified posts on all the passes in this front sector,...
               
               
              ... on the Col du Bonhomme, the Col de Louchpach,
              and the Col du Calvaire near the Lac Blanc.
               
               
              From these posts the French regiments organised
              reconnaissance expeditions, patrols, and raids.

               
               
              At 2 december 1914 Duchesne launched an attack
              from the south and the southwest...
               
               
              ... to clear the eastern slopes of
              the Tête de Faux from the Germans.
               

              Three other large units, like the 152nd Infantry Regiment,
              assisted the attack at targets around the summit,
              like at the village of le Bonhomme.
               
               
              At 8.00 AM Duchesne was among the first soldiers and officers, who fell during the attack by machinegun fire.
               
               
              Soon after the start of the attack the French
              were stopped by the German superiority
              of their better fortified trenches and their defense tactics.
               
               
              The French units were forced to retreat to their original positions.
              At midnight there were only 2 small parties of soldiers left
              of the whole French 215th Regiment.
               
               
              Behind the Duchesne Cemetery traces of French trenches.
               
               
              Relic: the base of a German artillery grenade.
               
               
               
               
              Although the French would launch more attacks
              from 19 December 1914, they would succeed to occupy ...
               
               
              the summit of the Tête de Faux for only two months,
              between 24 December and 19 february 1915.

               
               
              From 24 February 1915, the Germans would stay,
              and continue to occupy the eastern slopes
              and the eastern half of the summit of the Tête de Faux.

               
              Now we do slowly reach near the summit from the French side.
                
               
              Metal pieces with "Bleu Horizon"-paint on it.
               
               
               
               
              Traces of barbed wire obstacles.
               
               
               
              A few meters from the summit:
              a memorial for the Chasseurs Alpins, 
              who died here on this spot in July 1916.
               
               
               
              "HERE
              HAVE FALLEN
              FOR FRANCE
              ON THE 6TH OF JULY 1916
              CAPITAINE DEMMLER
              DOCTEUR ESPAGNE
              J. FRANCOIS BOUVIER
              J. MARIE RENAUD
               
              OF THE 62 BATAILLON OF THE
              CHASSEURS ALPINS

              -

              IN MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS
              AND
              CHASSEURS ALPINS
              FALLEN ON
              THE TETE DE FAUX
              FROM 1914 TO 1918."
               
              At the summit of the Tête de Faux.
               
               
              The cross at the summit at 1.208 m.
               
               
              A concrete shelter under the the base of the cross.
               
               
              But even after that period the area would stay
              a bone of contention.
               
               
              The French front line trenches during the period of
              December 1914- February 1915.
               
               
               
              Panorama view from the summit to the north.
               
               
              View northeast.
               
               
              View eastward.
               
               
               
              Large and deep sections of rusty barbed wirde obstacles, ...
               
               
              ... remind us of the location of
              the former No Man's Land on the summit.
               
               
              We pass this last bunker of French origin,
              half way in No Man's Land.
               
               
               
              No Man's Land.
              View at the first German line: "Stützpunkt Buchenkopf".
               
               
              "Stützpunkt Buchenkopf".
               
               
              Panorama view from this spot.
               
               
              2008 and 2009.
              On a foggy day in June 2008 we approached the Tête de Faux, or the Buchenkopf from the north side, from the village of Le Bonhomme, to visit the relics of the German positions on the east flank of the Buchenkopf. In 2009, on a sunny day with clouds, we continued our explorations further, but again from the same side.
               
              View at le Bonhomme from the northern slope of the Tête de Faux.
               
              We start our walk at a height of 830 m., and we will go up to 1.208 m.
               
               
              The first location we encounter is a Bavarian made wartime
              cemetery.
               
               
              The entrance and the masonry gate is still in tact.
               
               
              "THE GERMAN SOLDIERS OF THE 1914-1918 WAR,
              AT THE TIME RESTING HERE, HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED
              TO THE GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERY OF HOHROD."
               
               
              During the post war clearing operations the French left
              some relics of the former German cemetery.
               
               
              An early 1920's French post card of the cemetery.
               
               
              Some tombstones and plaques for soldiers are left, ...
               
               
              ... mainly Bavarian soldiers,
              killed nearby during the fights for the summit.
               
               
              Under this stone in the former cemetery wall,
              4 Bavarian "Landwehrmänner", fallen in July 1916,
              used to "rest here".
               
               
              Next, on the right: this triangular shaped plaque.
               
               
              The text for Hans Schneider and his comrades is
              for the most unreadable.
               
               
              This text could have been hand painted by a comrade of Theodor Blecher (?), a Bavarian Landwehrmann, who was killed at the Buchenkopf on 6 June 1916:
              "Now you rest here in the shadows of the wood, but you will live forever on in our hearts."
               
               
              We leave the cemetery downward.
               
               
              Some few meters away, almost below the cemetery: ...
               
               
              ... a Bavarian dressing station built in 1915, 
              and reinforced with concrete in 1916.
              The front of the bunker, from left to right ...
               
               
               
              The slope was too steep, ...
               
               
              ... to make a picture of the total length of the front.
               
               
              The "right" corner.
               
               
              The entrance is in the relic of a trench, 
              on the left side of the bunker.
               
               
              At the door opening:
              In the bunker there are some filled in entrances to underground corridors.
               
               
               
              The 20m. long bunker has two large rooms.
               
               
              In the corner of the second room:
              again filled in corridors to man made dugouts under the mountain.
               
               
              View of the interior of the second, "right" room.
               
               
              In 1914 and 1915 the Germans used mostly masonry....
               
               
              ... of natural rocks for their buildings.
               
               
              Near this former building:
              German telephone cables still sticking out.
               
               
              Elephant shelter shaped, ...
               
               
              ... filled in dugout entrances, ...
               
               
              ... or small shelter bunkers.
               
               
              This 1915 building was a very important for the Germans.
              Besides a forge in the left room,
              it accomodated in the right room a Diesel engine generator,
              which provided electric current for all shelter bunkers
              in the Buchenkopf sector.
               
               
              Period Picture of this site.
               
               
              The right, generator room.
              (The graffitti is of modern tourist mountain hikers.)
               
               
              This front sector was supplied by a "telepherique",
              a cable car connection, from the northeastern village of Lapoutroie, down in the Béhine valley.
               
               
              The left room, the forge.
               
               
              In this sector was also an underground mini railway.
               
              The generator building lies on the bank of the Etang du Devin, 
              the Sorceress' Pond (926 m.).
              The Germans called the pond the "Hexenweier".
               
               
              This pond was important for supplying water
              to the German troops in the whole Buchenkopf sector.
              Relics of the pumping system along the bank, ...
               
               
              ... and water tubes on the bank are still to be found.
               
               
              The relics of the water pump station,
              west and above the generator building.
               
               
              We move on southward through this Tolkien-like landscape.
               
               
              About 1 km. southward from the Etang du Devin,
              at 950 m. another German wartime cemetery.
               
               
              In December 1914, around Christmas, ...
               
               
              ... there have been severe battles for the area
              around both cemeteries near the Etang on the Buchenkopf,
              so close to each other.
               
               
              We walk along some left relics.
              Again: all German soldiers buried here,
              were transferred to the Hohrod Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof.
               
               
              Tombstone of a soldier of an "Armierungs Bataillon",
              a construction battalion.
               
               
              The French left the cemetery chapel in tact,
              obviously for shared religious reasons.
               
               
              The interior of the chapel.
               
               
              Three tombstones of 1916 ...
               
               
               
               
              We leave the wartime cemetery southward, ...
               
               
              ... pass some relics of German masonry buildings, ...
               
               
              ... to find this other German dressing station bunker. 
               
               
              It has been used since 1915, ...
               
               
              ... but it has been reinforced with concrete and enlarged in 1916.
               
              Interior view from the entrance:
               
               
              "Constructed by 4 Company Bavarian Landwehr Infantry Regiment 3.
              1916" 
               
              The interior of the bunker.
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
              Some 50 m. furtheron and below the path of the dressing station,
              the entrance to an interesting 1916 bunker.
               
               
              The second cable car station,
              "Rohlbahntunnel Station Koenig Ludwig", from Lapoutroie.
               
               
              We went down to take a look at the downhill front of the concrete bunker.
               
               
              The bunker is connected with (relics of) a communication trench.
               
               
              1916 Concrete on the outside,
              1915 Masonry on the inside of the walls.
               
               
              The mark points out the telephone and electricity cables.
              This building served as the second of the cable car stations.
              The third one is near the Roche du Corbeau and the summit.
               
               
              View from the uphill side exit.
               
               
              Next to the bunker relics of a 1915 masonry building.
               
               
              The hardly detectable trench is running below, ...
               
               
              ... and parallel to this building.
               
               
              We move on through the wood.
               
               
              As we come nearer the Roche du Corbeau,
              we will not find much concrete anymore.
               
               
              But still we find relics of trenches, ...
               
               
              ...like these corrugated boards, masonry bunkers, ...
               
               
              ... and more elephant shelters
              and filled in entrances to dugout tunnels.
               
               
               
               
               
               
              We are now in the neighbourhood
              of the third "Rohlbahntunnel Station".
               
               
              Christine in the third "Rohlbahntunnel Station", 
              near and still below the Roche du Corbeau.
               
               
              The interior of the "Rohlbahntunnel Station".
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
              Almost on top of the station lies the Roche du Corbeau.
               
               
               
               
               
               
              Relic of a shallow trench along the rock.
               
               
               
              The Germans hacked out a manmade cave under the rock for shelter.
               
               
               
              We climb on along the bunkers,
              belonging to the chain of "Feste Eisenschmid".
               
               
              This bunker has rifle holes to all directions.
               
               
              Of course I had to enter it using my flash light.
               
               
              The opening is wide enough for a machine gun.
               
               
              Some other rifles holes on the outside of this bunker.
               
               
              Another Bavarian bunker: "Sattel-Stützpunkt".
               
               
              At last some proof of the presence of the constructors!
              "Sattel-Stützpunkt (Support stronghold)
              Constructed by
              4 Company Bavarian Landwehr Infantry Regiment 12
              (Fortress) Feste Eisenschmid".
               
               
               
               
              We climb furtheron in the direction of "Stützpunkt Buchenkopf".
               
               
              Passing some more interesting bunkers and rusty barbed wire.
               
               
              The first traces of the elaborate "Stützpunkt Buchenkopf".
               
               
              Panorama view from this location.
               
               
              "Stützpunkt Buchenkopf" as seen from the French side.
               
               
              View from this point into the direction of No Man's Land,
              and the French part of the summit.
               
               
              Relics of barbed wire obstacles in front of the "Stützpunkt".
               
               
              Of course we explored the "backside",
              and the interior of the bunker- and trenches-complex.
               
               
              The bunker is a 2 storey building.
               
               
              Hardly readable: Proof of the name of the stronghold.
               
               
               
              The interior used to have 3 floors.
               
               
              Beware; the floor in the middle has been lost. Don't fall in!
               
               
              I suppose "Anna" is alas a modern mountain hiker's girl.
               
               
               
              We go outside the bunker to follow the trench northward.
               
               
              Steel rifle shields still in tact.
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
              With this last picture of the summit
              we complete our virtual tour over the Tête de Faux.
               
               
              We continue to le Linge: 
              the Col du Wettstein and the Schratzmännele.
               
               
               Continue to the next chapter:






              Reacties

              Pierre op 19-07-2008 12:26
              Bill Chaloner from Australia wrote me an email:
              "Hello Pierre and Christine:
              Thank you very much for the latest group of photographs of Buchenkopf Tête de Faux. I am amazed at the atmosphere you
              capture in your shots and feel as if I was there too. I just love coming
              back to your new website and going over the photos that so vividly reveal the hardships and valour of the soldiers of both sides in the conflict.
              Merci beaucoup!
              ... Bill Ch."
               
              Thanks, Bill, for your kind email!
               
              Pierre
              Günther Wagner op 03-10-2008 20:05
              Hallo und guten Abend.
              Zufällig habe ich heute Deine Website entdeckt und muss Dir sagen, dass Dir die Sache sehr gut gelungen ist.
              Ich selbst besuche mit meiner Frau die Kampfgebiete im Elsass seit ca. 25 Jahren so oft es geht, und das ist 1-2 mal im Jahr.
              Jedes Mal bin ich beeindruckt und erschüttert wenn ich versuche, mich in die damaligen Situationen hinein zu versetzen.
              Und immer wieder rechnen wir auf den französischen und deutschen Soldaten-Friedhöfen das Alter der Männer aus die dort liegen.
              Wir sind mittlerweiler fast 60 Jahre alt.
              Jedesmal danken wir Gott, dass uns der Schrecken eines Krieges erspart blieb.
               
              Herzliche Grüsse
              von
              Hanne und Günther
              Pierre op 04-10-2008 12:12

              @ Hanne und Günther Wagner. Während unsere Besuche sind wir auch jedesmal wieder dankbar, dass unser Generation der Schrecken eines Krieges erspart blieb. Wir feiern Heutezutage auch die von der Soldaten so schwer bekampfte Frieden. Vielen Dank für die Komplimenten, Hanne und Günther!

              Pierre

              christian op 27-04-2009 21:52
              hello this is my website about tete des faux
              Pierre op 28-04-2009 11:06

              @ Christian. Votre site, Christian, est un inspiration pour nous de continuer nos explorations aux sommets des Vosges, pas seulement à la Tête de Faux, mais aussi pour faire un visite profonde au Sudelkopf et le Reichackerkopf. Votre information arrive à temps, parce que nous avons déja fait des plans pour visiter ces champs de bataille en juin 2009. Les liens, que vous avez ajouté, sont interessants aussi. Merci, Christian, et bon succes avec votre site.

              Cordialement, Pierre.

              Kees op 18-06-2009 12:37
              Beste Pierre,

              Je nieuwbrief stond alweer in tijdje open in m'n inbox. Nu dus uitgebreid door je impressie heengefietst en ik moet zeggen; mooie foto's en een bondig verhaal. Dit gebied moet toch nodig ook eens in het echt bekekenworden door mij. Heb je nog aanraders qua "inlezen"?
               
              vr. gr. Kees
              Pierre op 18-06-2009 14:06
              Beste Kees,
              Bedankt voor jouw reactie. Over het aanraden van voorbereidend leesvoer, Kees, moet ik je teleurstellen.Eerlijk gezegd, is er bij mijn weten geen frontgids over de Vogezen te verkrijgen, m.u.v. de al uitverkochte excursie-gids van de WFA, die alleen de Noordelijke Vogezen grondig behandelt.
              Ik vind zelf de plaatsen uit door studie van allerhande (Franse en Duitse) boeken en internetsites, en van gedetailleerde wandelkaarten van het gebied. Veel zaken hebben wij daarom ook zelf gevonden door oplettend door de streek te rijden. Veel informatie is wel te vinden op de website vanhttp://www.vogesenkaempfe14-18.de/ . Misschien kan die website jou ook op weg helpen?
              met vriendelijke groet,
               
              Pierre
              alain.hardier op 17-07-2010 14:32
              Hello Pierre
              J'ai visité cette année la Tete des Faux mais j'ai l'impression d'apprendre davantage par votre reportage tres complet ;en fait je n'avait vu que peu de choses et merci pour votre partage .
              a bientot
              Pierre op 18-07-2010 13:25
              @ Alain H. Merci, Alain, c’est gentil! Les mois arrivant je lancerai autres pages concernant les Vosges, comme par exemple un extension de la Tête de Violu, et des nouvelles pages sur le Reichackerkopf, le Kleinkopf, le Barrenkopf et le Chaume de Lusse. J’espère que vous visiterez aussi les nouvelles pages dans l’avenir rapprochée.
              A la prochaine, Alain.
              Cordialement, Pierre.
              Poilu op 03-09-2013 19:00

              I enjoined your journey around de tete des faux.

              Seemes that there is still a lot to discover.

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