Lataule: "The Battle of Matz Tanks Trail"

© Oise Tourisme / Samuel Dhote

"Red Line" Distance 16 km


At the beginning of June 1918, following the German Spring Offensives, the French lines formed in Oise a salient that threatened the German flanks in the sectors of Montdidier and Villers-Cotterêts.  The Germans therefore decided to destroy this salient in order to straighten their front. On 9 June 1918, following an artillery preparation of only a few hours, but carried out by 616 batteries firing mostly toxic shells, 13 German divisions launched an attack on the 40-km front between Montdidier and Noyon. For two days, the French fell back, almost all the way to the Aronde River. But on 11 June, with 4 divisions supported by heavy tanks, General Mangin counter-attacked, notably at Courcelles, Méry and the Genlis Wood. This counter-attack, which allowed the French to retake some territory, ruined the Germans' hopes and brought an end to the Battle of Matz.


The "Remembering the Tanks of June 1918" association offers a historic tourist route dedicated to the Mangin counter-offensive of 11 June 1918 on the plateau between Méry-la-Bataille and Ressons-sur-Matz. By foot or bike, this 75-km trail will take you through the 17 communes (districts) concerned by this operation: commemorative monuments, military cemeteries, interpretation panels and "tank-localization posts" dot this itinerary. In addition, the "Red Line" video guide allows you to relive the great intensity of this battle.



Histoires 14-18 « La Ligne Rouge » , application disponible sur Android et IOS


"AS 38 Loop", 4.3-km variation, starting at the Lataule town hall

"The Battle of Matz Tanks Trail": 75 km for bikers and walkers



Office de Tourisme de Noyon en Sources et Vallées

Place Bertrand Labarre

60400 NOYON

Tél: 03 44 44 21 88


Lataule: "The Battle of Matz Tanks Trail" 49.540069 2.6796980000000303
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