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Yesterday &

Today meet

Camp of the

Moreau Valley

September 1914

Situated 3 km from the trenches, it was to become a rest camp during the entire duration of the conflict.

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It is one of the many ravines with often steep gradients, that water and erosion have cut into the gaize rock that forms the base of the Argonne subsoil. Its clay soil, often waterlogged, is rapidly transformed when work is carried out or following prolonged trampling by numerous troops into a sticky mud making any attempt at levelling and construction very difficult.

The east-west orientation of the valley, offering a southern slope and a northern slope that were parallel to the front during World War One, allowed the installation of several reserve and rest camps, as in numerous other ravines in Argonne. From September 1914, as the division of sectors was carried out on either side of the Binarville – Vienne-le-Château road, the camp was constructed to the west of the road, hence its denomination on the German master plans of: Lager Moreau-West (camp of the Moreau-West valley). Situated 3 km from the trenches, it was to become a rest camp throughout the duration of the conflict and this valley was to be particularly well arranged and, in part, sheltered from the missiles of the French artillery.

 

Since 1996, the Franco-German Committee has endeavoured to restore and protect the sites of the Great War in Argonne. The camp of the Moreau valley is a remarkable achievement on the part of the volunteers of the Franco-German Committee. An exceptional site restored very faithfully, it allows visitors to understand the "full-scale" daily life of the soldiers in Argonne through the various structures presented (delousing station, barracks, cinema, tunnels, washhouse, latrines, rail track, canteen...)

 

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A land of history and memory,

Still today Marne carries deep scars bearing witness to the bitterness of the ceaseless fighting that continued throughout the Great War.

Use this timeline to discover the major dates of this conflict, the chronology of the fighting, the key personalities and also the repercussions of the international and national events on a local level.

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