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Yesterday &

Today meet

Mont

Moret

6 to 10 september 1914

The German army was halted all along the front line and, showing signs of weariness, began to retreat on the evening of 10 September.

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From 6 September 1914, Mont Moret was to become the principal focus of the fighting around Vitry-le-François. As with the other sectors of the Battle of the Marne, it was on hill 153 that the sacrifice of French soldiers caused the outcome of the battle to swing.

The Saxon landwehr seized Courdemanges and Mont Moret on 6 September from French colonial troops. Exhausted and decimated, the colonials struggled to contain the German troops. On 8 September, the infantrymen of the 126th and 326th R.I. from Brive la Galliarde, reinforced by a battalion of the 21st R.I.C. (Paris recruitment) once again stormed hill 153. From that moment, for the next two days, the Germans violently bombed and counter-attacked this high position that had become the pivotal point of the Eastern part of the Marne battlefield.

The German army was halted all along the front line and, showing signs of weariness, began to retreat on the evening of 10 September. The men of the 126th and 326th R.I. descended the devastated slopes of Mont Moret to rejoin Blacy, Loisy and Couvrot on 11 September.

Today, this mount still bears the scars of the confrontation in certain areas (excavations of shrapnel, etc.), tragic marks that time has not erased. This modest high point crowns the south of the Vitry area and bears witness to its importance, thanks to the reading of the landscape that it allows.

 

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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.

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