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Cimetière Militaire Allemand de Saint Quentin

That would be the German Cemetery of St. Quentin, France.

The Germans occupied St. Quentin for four years of World War I and were pretty brutal about it.  They had a hospital there and many dead were buried in the region.  The Germans established a cemetery and it was visited by the Kaiser in 1916.

After the end of the war, the French gathered German bodies from 98 cemeteries and buried them here.  There were wooden crosses then.

Of course the Germans came back in 1940 and held the area until almost 1945.   After World War II, the cemetery fell into disrepair.  Only in the 1960s was it repaired.  It is currently maintained with funds from a German organization.

I was kind of surprised that it didn't get bulldozed after WWII.

I was also surprised to see the Jewish markers.  World War I was pre-Nazis but still...

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Somewhere there is a photo of the Kaiser with this monument...

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Marker for Jewish/German soldier...

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It is right here...

You know, there are sure as hell no monuments to the Germans in any French park, town square, traffic circle or any other high visibility space.  If there were one erected, I suspect it would be quickly torn down.

This cemetery and the monument within is allowed to exist in a quiet corner of St. Quentin.  The cost of its maintenance is borne by Germans.

This makes sense to me.

Found one...


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St. Mihiel, Argonne, Cimetiere Militaire Vaux Racine - I have a relative buried here, who was killed in action Oct. 8, 1918.  The pic is the closest I could get to it on google earth.  The military cemetery is the one in the back, as far as I know.  His parents- my Great-great-grandparents - and a few other close family were able to visit his grave.

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October 8th, 1918 is the date the two men from my town fell at Brancourt-le-Grand near St. Quentin.  One was killed immediately and the other died after a few days.


Quote from R.D. Walker on August 23, 2017, 7:28 am

October 8th, 1918 is the date the two men from my town fell at Brancourt-le-Grand near St. Quentin.  One was killed immediately and the other died after a few days.


Wow.  A chill ran through me when I read this.  I was talking to notamobster via email yesterday and I said I have this really weird synchronicity thing going on lately. I said this due to a striking coincidence in what we were talking about, and several other like instances with other people lately.

I found the information for my Great-great-great Uncle Fred (above) on a gold star family listing for the area he was from.  What was striking about that WWI list is that there were more pneumonia deaths than kias.  There was also diphtheria, typhoid, meningitis, and a few other diseases.

Both of the families from my town received word of the deaths of their sons in the days immediately following the signing of the Armistice.  Can you imagine?  Great celebration coast-to-coast and you receive word after that your son has been dead for a month?

“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~George Santayana
“Those who remember the past are condemned to watch as everyone else repeats it.” ~RD Walker

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