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Chemin des Dames 1814 - 1914

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » July 3rd, 2011, 4:42 pm

The Chemin des Dames, a ridge between Soissons and Reims in northern France, is so strongly associated with the Great War that one might overlook the fact that Napoleon was there during his 1814 campaign. His lookout is signposted but rather overgrown now. The battlefield was contested once more 100 years later and the figures on the monument are kitted out accordingly.

The monument is at the crossroads of D 892 and D 102 near the village of Craonnelle, NW of Reims.

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1814  monument Chemin de Dames on D892.jpg
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Re: Chemin des Dames 1814 - 1914

Postby Mark » July 3rd, 2011, 9:06 pm

Thanks for posting, Sarah! The First World War often over-shadows other events (both earlier and later) so it is great to see such a monument as this which honours both 1814 and 1914 :)

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Re: Chemin des Dames 1814 - 1914

Postby Matt S » July 4th, 2011, 12:09 am

And not to be forgotten that amongst many others the Chemin des Dames was the site of the loss of one of the Brunon brothers of Musee de L'Emperi fame in the 1914 - 1918 conflict...
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