Thiescourt and the 'Little Switzerland of Picardy' Massif

Nécropole Thiescourt

"Red Line" Distance 0 km


In mid-September 1914, the frontline became established in the Noyonnais area for a duration of 30 months. In the region, the resulting "war of positions" would be principally characterized by shellings and artillery duels, while the front would occasionally be the theatre of patrols and a few strikes with the objective of taking prisoners.

In mid-March 1917, the German army withdrew to the Hindenburg Line, a few dozen kilometres to the north. During this withdrawal, the Germans pursued the so-called "scorched earth" tactic, with the villages suffering numerous voluntary damages. Little by little, the residents attempted to take back possession of this devastated land, despite facing various restrictions and material difficulties.

But a year later, the Germans returned: in June 1918, an offensive allowed them to seize the entire "Little Switzerland" massif and to come dangerously close to Compiègne, then 10 km from the front. The French finally managed to block the Germans in the Matz Valley and on 10 August 1918 they launched their own offensive. Following some fifteen days of fierce fighting, the region was liberated once and for all.



The 8-km trail, starting at the Thiescourt church, explores this massif and its interpretation panels allow you to better understand the fighting that took place in this area of the front, as well as the utilization of the subterranean quarries by both armies.



The Thiescourt loop: 8-km walk starting at the Thiescourt church.


Office de Tourisme de Noyon en Sources et Vallées

Place Bertrand Labarre

60400 NOYON

Tél: 03 44 44 21 88


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