Centre d'Interprétation Marne 14/18

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Chapelle Russe à Saint Hilaire

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Monument de Navarin

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Monument de la 1ère Victoire de la Marne à Mondement

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Fort de la Pompelle à Reims

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Vallée du Camp Moreau

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Monument américain du Blanc Mont

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Mémorial national des Batailles de la Marne à Dormans

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Site de la Main de Massiges

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Ossuaire de la Gruerie

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The Mondement

Monument

9 september 1914

The Château de Mondement, with its dominant position, played a pivotal role in the German attack of the morning of 9 September 1914.

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A natural balcony overlooking the marshes of Saint-Gond, this symbolic location was chosen for the extreme advance of the German troops on 9 September 1914. The Château de Mondement, with its dominant position, played a pivotal role in the German attack of the morning of 9 September 1914.

The German soldiers of the 164th Hanoverian regiment entrenched themselves in the castle and the nearby farm. A handful of French soldiers (Zouaves and infantrymen from the 77th RI (infantry regiment)) regained this position over the course of the day, direct shots from a 75m/m canon proving necessary to create a breach in the outer wall and beat openings into the castle's façade. Without reinforcements and cut off from behind, the Germans were rapidly forced back, thus announcing the general retreat to the north of Marne.

 

The 35.5-metre ochre concrete menhir represents the obstacle that the invader came up against. A central location, the choice of the Mondement site also represents a battle that took place over a line of fire of nearly 250 km from Seine-et-Marne to Meuse.

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A bas-relief represents General Joffre and a soldier from Marne, as well as the army's commanding generals. At its summit, a winged victory flies over the victorious troops. The nearby castle was the main focus of the combat and its gratings still bear the signs of impact from the projectiles, as do the walls of the little church.

The "Mondement 14 et les soldats de la Marne" (Mondement 14 and the soldiers of the Marne) association has created a moving little museum at the foot of the monument in the village schoolroom that retraces the various stages in this first Battle of the Marne.

 

Timeline

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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