La Fosse à l'Eau

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La Fosse à l'Eau is a small village in the Ardennes department in the Grand Est region of the French commune of Launois-sur-Vence . The municipality belongs to the arrondissement Charleville-Mézières and the canton Signy-l'Abbaye .


The D 20 road runs through the village from Thin-le-Moutier in the north to Launois-sur-Vence in the south. In the local area, the country road is crossed by a subordinate road. The village stretches along the intersection and is surrounded by wooded hills.


During the First World War , on August 28 and 29, 1914, fierce fighting between German and French troops broke out around the town. The French units, formed mainly by Moroccans , tried to stop the German troops advancing from Thin-le-Montier from the north. The fighting with infantry and artillery claimed many lives on both sides. Ultimately, the German side succeeded in taking La Fosse à l'Eau on the morning of August 29 and advancing further south. All the houses in the village were overcrowded with French wounded. In the street there were barricades piled up from home furnishings.

In the vicinity of the village there is a memorial for the fallen French and German soldiers.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Johannes Trimborn, War Diary of Dr. Johannes Trimborn , No. 3, Magdeburg City Archives
  2. Johannes Trimborn, War Diary of Dr. Johannes Trimborn , No. 4, Magdeburg City Archives
  3. Forum with pictures of the memorial (French)

Coordinates: 49 ° 41 '  N , 4 ° 32'  E