WW2 Sites in Eastern France

Discussion in 'WW2 Battlefields Today' started by Paul Reed, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Last week I was on the WW1 battlefields between Compiegne - Reims - Verdun - Nancy and the Vosges. Many of these places also have WW2 connections, and thought I'd share some photos of WW2 memorials etc I came across on this visit.

    First a bomber crew memorial near Conde-sur-Aisne.

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  2. Paul Reed

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    Details from Lost Bombers:

    "Serial Range JA672 - JB748 This aircraft was one of 550 Lancasters ordered from A.V.Roe (Chadderton) late in 1941 and delivered as Mk.111s from Jun43 to Dec43 with Merlin 28 engines initially installed in early production, Merlin 28 or 38 engines at mid-production and Merlin 38 engines only on late production. JB684 was delivered to 405 Sqdn ex-No.7 Sqdn 11Dec43. Undertook no operations with No.7 Sqdn no other operational history traced. When lost this aircraft had a total of 263 hours. Airborne 2223 22Apr44 from Gransden Lodge to bomb the railway yards. Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed, bursting into flames, at Conde-sur-Aisne (Aisne), 12 km E of Soissons. all are buried in the Communal Cemetery at Conde-sur-Aisne, which is roughly 350 metres SW of the village church. F/s R.A.Saltzberry RCAF KIA Sgt G.R.Berkey RCAF KIA WO2 W.R.Oliver RCAF KIA F/s E.L.alberts RCAF KIA Sgt S.Bosworth KIA P/O J.M.Tonkyn KIA Sgt J.Grodecki RCAF KIA "

    Their graves in Conde-sur-Aisne Communal Cemetery:

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  3. Paul Reed

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    French Cemetery at Montauville.

    These huge cemetery has 62049 m2 and has 6000 Ww1 graves plus the following WW2: French - 8200, Soviet 105, Polish - 12. The WW2 graves are soldiers who died in German captivity; looking at the units most of them must have been made taken prisoner in 1940. Why they were repatriated to this relative isolated spot is a mystery to me.

    General view of cemetery:

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    Soviet grave (never seen this design before):

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    WW2 POWs memorial in the cemetery:

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    POW graves:

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  9. Paul Reed

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    This is Munster Communal Cemetery in the Vosges; it has British, French and German plots. The WW2 British graves are an aircrew:

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  10. Paul Reed

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    Details from Lost Bombers:

    "Serial Range NN694 - NN816 This aircraft was one of 100 Lancaster Mk.1s ordered from Austin Motors (Longbridge) and delivered from Mar44 to Feb45 with Merlin 24 engines except for the last ten (NN807-NN816) with Merlin 22 engines. NN766 was delivered to 103 Sqdn 11Dec44. No info. on operational history. NN766 was one of two 103 Sqdn lancasters lost on this operation. See: NF999. Airborne 1823 7Jan45 from Elsham wolds. Outbound, crashed into high ground near Hohrodberg (Haut-Rhin), 4 km N from the small town of Munster. Initially, the crew were buried by local nuns about 25 metres from the impact site, but they have been subsequently re- interred in the communal cemetery at Munster. a memorial, however, has been placed at the crash site. F/O Lougheed was the son of Dr. M.S.Lougheed of Winnipeg. P/O W.J.McArthur RCAF KIA Sgt R.P.Candy KIA F/O R.J.Lougheed RCAF KIA F/S M.greenstein RCAF KIA WO2 M.H.Horne RCAF KIA F/S D.J.Mcaulay RCAF KIA F/S D.F.Campbell RCAF KIA "

    The local town had put a wreath on their grave on 11 November:

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  11. Paul Reed

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    German graves in the same cemetery:

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    Those above from 1940, below from the final battles in Lorraine:

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    Sunset over the Vosges... more photos tomorrow.

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  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Paul. Great pics :)
     
  15. Jakob Kjaersgaard

    Jakob Kjaersgaard Senior Member

    Great pictures. Thank you. The statue is amazing.
     
  16. Paul Reed

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    Thanks - I think this is a slightly better one:

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  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Lovely pics Paul.

    That Soviet chaps grave reminds me of the hats they wore pre-war.
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  18. Paul Reed

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    Altkirch French Cemetery

    Largely a WW1 cemetery, but with a WW2 plot at the front.

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  19. Paul Reed

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    Two senior French officers buried here. Must do some more research on them at some point.

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  20. Paul Reed

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    The unusual part of this cemetery was in the WW2 plot; this row of Muslim graves, all of them empty!

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