Cœuvres-et-Valsery: "The Tanks of the June 1918 Offensive Trail"

Eglise de Coeuvres et Valsery

"Red Line" Distance 9 km

On 27 May 1918, following an unprecedented shelling by 1,158 batteries, the Germans launched an assault on the Chemin des Dames ("Ladies Trail") and the same day managed to reach the Aisne Valley. In 4 days, they advanced over 50 kilometres, all the way to Château-Thierry. Faced with this very critical situation, the French GQG (general headquarters) decided to launch – for the first time onto a battlefield and in very difficult conditions – a new light tank manufactured by Renault: the FT 17.

On 31 May, 31 FT 17 tanks set out from Dommiers to carry out a counter-attack on Chaudun. They provoked panic among the German units, but received no support from the infantry of the Moroccan Division, exhausted by the previous day's fighting. Their charge therefore had no notable effect, although it did mark the first check to the German offensive.  

This 20-km trail for cars or bikes allows you to discover the local heritage landscapes and monuments, situated at the heart of the First World War front for four years.
This portion of the Aisne Valley, part of the Soissonnais region, is dotted with plateaus crossed by deep valleys in which nestle castles, churches, commemorative monuments, farms and monastic abbeys. A promontory overlooking the battlefields allows you to understand the various stages of fighting.

 

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 "Tanks Trail": 20 km for bikes and cars, starting at the Cœuvres-et-Valsery town hall

 

 

Retz-en-Valois tourist office

6 place Aristide Briand
02600 Villers-Cotterêts

Tél : +33 (0)3 23 96 55 10

www.tourisme-villers-cotterets.fr

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