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Steve, got it. It says "To all the German combatants from 1914-15"
At some time between the wars the WW1 graves were re-interred elsewhere. The plot was then re-used when the Germans occupied the area from May 1940 onwards. It would be interesting to find a date for Egbert's photo, not only for regards to the maintenance issue but because in it the German plot seems to extend beyond the memorial itself, with a rear wall and large cross. I can't read the inscription above the cross, which should confirm whether it is indeed part of the plot or just the rest of the cemetery.
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John , may I refer to my post#2 for the whereabouts of the German graves today.
With respect to the future of the monument, there will be a public hearing in Sedan some time soon.
Another aspect that might be of interest, although I am not proficient in legal matters of WW1, may be the possible application of Versailles Treaty Article 225 from 1919/1920.
(The picture shown earlier with the neglected graves clearly shows that the monument and the ancient war graves were not cared and not maintained for as the Treaty Article 225 demands.)
Article 225: « The Allied and Associated Governments and the German Government will cause to be respected and maintained the graves of the soldiers and sailors buried in their respective territories.
They agree to recognise any Commission appointed by an Allied or Associated Government for the purpose of identifying, registering, caring for or erecting suitable memorials over the said graves and to facilitate the discharge of its duties.
Furthermore they agree to afford, so far as the provisions of their laws and the requirements of public health allow, every facility for giving effect to requests that the bodies of their soldiers and sailors may be transferred to their own country. »
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In June some sort of conference will take place in Sedan on the memorial subject. Local and other historians versus the city of Sedan...
Posted 25 August 2012 - 06:03 PM
The graves of 40 German soldiers who died during World War I have been vandalised at a military cemetery in northern France, officials say.
Wooden crosses were pulled up from the Saint-Etienne-a-Arnes cemetery and some were later used for a camp fire.
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