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THE CHEMIN DES DAMES GERMAN MILITARY CEMETERIES

The Chemin des Dames area counts 9 German cemeteries that gathered together the graves of the German combatants fallen in the Chemin des Dames during WWI.

Some of these cemeteries were laid out by the German Army during the war (Veslud, Laon-Bousson and Montaigu in particular). The others were built by the French authorities in the beginning of the 20’s in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles that entrusted the winner countries the exclusive right to maintain the German tombs.

Today, none of the German graves remain in communal cemeteries; they were all gathered during the course of the 20’s into these 9 military cemeteries. Nevertheless, we can find in Vailly-sur-Aisne British cemetery one German grave. Likewise, many German combatants were buried by mistake in some French cemeteries.


According to the German-French convention of 1966 about War graves,  the cemeteries were managed and maintained by the Service d’Entretien des Sépultures militaries (Service of Maintenance for military graves), French subsidiary of the Volksbund Deutsche Krieggräberfürsorge.


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Cerny-en-Laonnois German milititary cemetery 

 

 

 

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