Discover the hiking and cycling routes of the Remembrance Trails

These regions are home to the many sites that bear the scars of two world wars. The sites commemorate the selfless sacrifice of those who took part and now, thanks to the regional Remembrance Trails, you can discover them at your leisure along local cycling and hiking routes. Each route develops a specific theme and is accompanied by an illustrated guide. Consult the guide on your mobile (or download it) to discover the human side of these conflicts and learn about the region and its history in an original and compelling way.
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Duration: 2h - Distance: 24,8 km

Practical info

Contact : Maubeuge tourist office  
Call: +33 (0)327 621193
Email : tourisme.maubeuge(at)gmail(dot)com
Web sitewww.maubeuge-tourisme.com 
Starting point
Fort de Leveau, Route de Mairieux, 59750 FEIGNIES

 

 

 

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Maubeuge, fortified town under siege

This cycle route takes you to the principal sites connected with the Siege of Maubeuge, which took place from 27 August to 8 September 1914 during the initial phase of the German invasion. Although the siege managed to stall for almost a fortnight tens of thousands of German soldiers who would have otherwise taken part in the Battle of the Marne, it was nevertheless a serious blow to the French Army which saw more than 40,000 soldiers taken prisoner (a tenth of the total number of French prisoners taken in the Great War). Maubeuge is significant because, along with the Siege of Antwerp (28 September – 10 October 1914), it marked the end of a tactical tradition which had for centuries been an integral part of European warfare. What followed was a linear state of siege, the trenches, which would last for nearly fifty months on the Western Front. Thereafter, heavy artillery dominated the battlefield.

Visitors also gain an insight into the crimes committed by the German Army during the invasion of 1914. Although French civilians may not have suffered on the same scale as the Belgians (several hundred were massacred in the towns of Dinant, Tamines and Andenne), the invading troops left in their wake a bloody trail whose only justification was a deluded fear of the francs-tireurs (civilian snipers).

Maubeuge was liberated from German occupation on 9 November 1918. The ancient town would suffer once again the ravages of war during the invasion of 1940.

 

 

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