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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Site de la Main de Massiges

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Ossuaire de la Gruerie

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Yesterday &

Today meet

The Blanc

Mont

Septembre 1918

On 26 September, the 4th Army, led by General Gouraud, launched an attack on the row of hillocks.

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5 km north of the village of Sommepy-Tahure, towards St Etiennes-à-Arnes, stands the Blanc Mont which culminates at 210 m at the boundary with Ardennes. The importance of its height was not lost on the Germans who built an observatory there.

Today, a monument in the shape of a square tower dominates the plateau, 20 m in height. It is emblematic of the engagement of the American troops in Marne;

The 42nd American Division arrived on the Champagne front in July 1918 and, together with the 13th and 170th French Divisions, halted the last great German offensive of the war: the Friedensturm.

On 26th September, General Gouraud's 4th Army launched an attack on the row of hillocks and the 22nd division from Brest and Lorient took back the hillocks from Navarin to Le Mesnil. In early October, the 2nd and 36th American Divisions integrated the 4th French Army.

On 3 October, the Marines of the 2nd American Division, supported on their left by the 21st French Division and on their right by the 167th French Division, seized the summit of Blanc-Mont. They were relieved by the 36th Division which advanced to the North to Aisne.

Further to the east, the 93rd American Division, alongside the 157th and 161st French divisions, re-took the villages of Ripont and Séchault and Trières Farm.

 

This tour was established in memory of the last battles of 1918 when 5,000 American officers and soldiers were killed. There are 77 steps to reach the summit. At the summit you can discover the strategic value of this location, the highest point in the Champagne hills. On a clear day, you can see the ossuary of Douaumont and the mountains of Argonne to the east, the villages of Ardennes to the north and the two military camps of Suippes and Mourmelon..

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At the foot of the tower lie the remains of a German trench that crosses the area for 300m from north to south.

 

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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