The St Mihiel Salient

    Le saillant de Saint-Mihiel

The German offensive in September 1914 towards the Verdun fortress, contained by the heroic resistance at the Fort de Troyon, did lead to the taking of Saint-Mihiel.

 This Salient, attacked in vain by the French army in 1915, was only liberated in 1918 during the American offensive (colonnaded Monument at Montsec).

 The sector, where extremely fierce fighting took place, is criss-crossed by trenches which can be seen from platforms which have been built (the Bavarois Trenches,

Bois Brûlé, Tranchée de la Soif, and so on).

 

 

Montsec Memorial

 Situated on an outlier in the Côtes de Meuse which can be seen from a great distance, this monument is made up of a circular colonnade in the centre of which is a copper viewpoint indicator showing a relief map of the location of the villages and the battles of the Saint Mihiel Salient. It was erected by the United States in 1932, in Euville stone, and bears the names of the American units which fought in 1918 in this sector. It is reached by a very wide staircase. The Butte de Montsec is an isolated hill (alt. 375 metres) which offers a magnificent, wide panorama over the Madine Lake and the Côtes de Meuse. There is free access to the site.

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Fort de Liouville

 Fortress designed by Séré de Rivières, a 19th-century military architect, as part of the Meuse Hills Curtain which stopped Apremont and Marbotte being overrun during the First World War. Tour lasts 90 mins. Open in low season for groups with advance booking.

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Fort historique de Troyon

This fort designed by Séré de Rivières and built in 1878, is made entirely from bricks, not concrete. It successfully resisted the German assault in Septembre 1914, protecting the rear flank of the French troops who were taking part in the battle of the Marne and saving Verdun from being surrounded. It lay forgotten for 80 years, but is now looked after by "Ceux de Troyon" Association, an historical preserved society, so that future generations will not forget the sacrifice of theirs ancestors

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Museum 14-18

 

 The museum contains collections of arms, equipment and objects that were part of the everyday life of French and German soldiers. A large number of documents (maps, posters, watercolours)describe the Great War in this area.

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