Soldatenfriedhof

Nampcel

There are a number of small German cemeteries in the area of Nampcel as you move westwards towards Compiegne.

Nampcel Soldatenfriedhof

The cemetery at Nampcel contains 11 424 German soldiers and 3 from the K and K Austro-Hungarian Army from the First World War, plus another 5 German soldiers from WW2.

Initially created as a French/German concentration cemetery by the French military authorities in 1919 in 1922 the French graves were removed and more German graves were brought in from a 35 kilometre radius.

Most of the dead had only been give provisional field graves or buried in the local communal cemeteries.

The area around Nampcel saw violent clashes both during the opening moments of the war as well as during its closing stages, and for this reason you will find graves from both periods.

In particular you will find numerous soldiers from the 75th Bremen Regiment who were killed over the period of 20th and 21st September 1914 during the German retreat after the battle of the Marne.

During the German tactical retirement in March 1917 (Which was to hand the British what they had fought for during the Somme, and to extend the starting positions of Nivelles forthcoming and disastrous campaign.) the area came into possession of the French.

The majority of the graves though arise from the Kaiserschlacht in the spring and summer of 1918.

Of those buried in the cemetery 6 574 have their own graves (93 of them are unknown) whilst in the four mass graves there are 4 750 victims of whom only 894 have actually been identified.

Moulin sous Touvent

Moulin sous Touvent Soldatenfriedhof

Smaller than its neighbour the cemetery at Moulin sous Touvent contains the graves of 1 903 German soldiers.

Like most of the German cemeteries the graveyard was started by the French Military authorities in 1920 and acted as a concentration cemetery for a 25 kilometre radius. The last graves were prepared in 1927.

The history of the area is much the same as that at Nampcel with the German Army suffering casualties during their retreat in 1914 and the subsequent offensives of 1918.

Almost unusually for a Soldatenfriedhof all of the solders have their individual graves. Only six of the soldiers are unknown.

The 96th Reserve Regiment Memorial

There is a monument in the cemetery to the 96th Reserve Regiment. Originally it had been located at the cemetery in the Forêt d'Ourscamp at Bailly before being brought here together with the soldiers.