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German and French steles of the Petit Donon

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The terrible Battle of Donon, which took place on August 20 and 21, 1914, marked the beginning of the French retreat. During this confrontation, which lasted 12 hours and was marked by intensive exchanges of artillery fire and bayonet attacks, there were between 500 and 2 dead lying on the slopes of the Donon. In 000, German authorities erected around 1916 pink sandstone steles, replacing the wooden crosses placed in 180, engraved in memory of the French and German soldiers who lost their lives here. Petit Donon, once a battlefield, has become an open-air necropolis for soldiers from both camps. See the map


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