Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Battle of the Marne Reenactment

On the 7th of September my recent Great War Centennial tour group spent a day at Villeroy, France, where the Battle of the Marne broke out exactly 100 years and 2 days earlier. Philippe Braquet and his staff at the local museum organized an reenactment of the battle. Rather than one big battle, groups were taken on a circuit tour that included an encampment, the experience of mobilization, transport to the battlefield via taxis, an infantry assault, cavalry, and artillery displays. Here are some images from the day's events.  

Cavalry Patrol

German Soldier

Advancing French Troops Under Fire

Encampment Behind the Lines

New Troops Receiving Orders for the Front

French Prisoners Taken to the Rear
The German Team of Reenactors Has Produced a Documentary of the Event
View it at

Moroccan Soldiers

French Poliu in Post Marne Uniform and Kit

German Soldiers

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