This Journey covers the famous Dames’ Path, a key Terrain where severe Fighting took place and various Offensives succeeded or choked in Blood
Along the ridge, called Dames’ Path, are the scenes of extreme bloody fighting, which happened especially in 1917 during the so-called Nivelle-Offensive. This operation, where thousands of French and especially Colonial troops sacrificed their lives, brought the French army close to a collective mutiny. Afterwards, it took the French forces month to recover and to regain more or less its strength and moral.
Despite this, from here the last German successful operation on the Western Front started in Mai 1918. It brought the Kaiser’s army once more to the Marne River and close to a final victory before Germany’s power faded away.
Several monuments, destroyed villages and farm buildings, the shell-pocked terrain, trenches and former staging areas are stretched across the Dames’ Path.
The highlights are the Winterberg, the Dragon’s Cavern – an underground quarry, the village of Cerny and the Laffaux plateau. Beside this, some of the fabulous underground quarries could be seen and the military cemeteries are worth a visit as well.
The length of this trip is depending on your availability and your ideas. It could take from six hours to several days.