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Belle-Motte Military Cemetery in Aiseau-Presles

Belle-Motte Military Cemetery in Aiseau-Presles
© Dany Noé

The Belle Motte Military Cemetery is one of the largest French First World War cemeteries on Belgian soil.


On the borders between the Le Roux and Aiseau villages, near the spot in which the fatal combats of the Battle of the Sambre took place on 22 August 1914, the military cemetery gathers the remains the over 4,000 French soldiers together. It particularly unites soldiers from Brittany, Normandy, the Bordeaux region, the north of France and North Africa.

The first grave stones were laid at the cemetery in 1917 by the Germans. A square of German tombs appeared until 1954, before being moved to the cemetery in Langemark.

At the centre of the cemetery stands the principal monument, built from a Gothic arch. It is the embryo of a commemorative church erected by the Germans in 1917. A plaque on the monument pays homage to the Franco-Belgian friendship.

A ceremony of homage is usually organised at the cemetery on 22 August.




Information

  • tel. : +32 (0) 71 71 46 24
  • fax : +32 (0) 71 71 47 74
  • email : tourisme@fosses-la-ville.be

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