Le Linge ridge was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in Alsace, which the French were determined to take back at all costs, while the Germans were fighting for ground that had been their homeland since the 1870s.
Looking at the French lines from Le Linge ridge. If the French had fallen back to that ridge in the distance, they could have held this part of Alsace, but the government decreed that every inch of France was sacred, so they had to continue their attack up the slopes.
German fortifications on the Le Linge battlefield.
Steps for clambering out of the trench to attack the French.
Map of the battlefield at the memorial.
A reminder, mostly for schoolkids, that this ground still holds the remains of many soldiers and must be treated as a cemetery.
The remains of an unknown German soldier, killed in 1915, were found here in 2010. The ground is uneven because of shell holes.
This soldier’s remains, found here along the French lines, were identified. He was buried in a French cemetery.
French barbed wire to defend against the Germans. The French had to attack the Le Linge ridge up a hill that was nearly vertical and blocked by their own, as well as German, wire like this.
German cemetery at Hohrod, down from Le Linge ridge. Jewish soldiers’ graves are marked with tombstones, not crosses. They are often found with stones on their top edges, signifying that someone has come to visit the graves.
The entrance to the cemetery was once a bunker that served as an observation post.
Last view of Le Linge. All is peaceful. Ninety-nine years ago, these farms and villages were nothing but smoking rubble.