Fillières French national war cemetery
La nécropole nationale de Fillières. © ECPAD
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The national war cemetery of Fillières contains the remains of solders who died for France during the Battle of the Frontiers. Established from 1919 to 1924, it bears witness to the extreme violence of the fighting of 22 August 1914 which took place in Lorraine, to stem the advance of German troops. In 1924, bodies were exhumed from temporary military cemeteries such as that of Ville-au-Montois or Mercy-le-Haut, and brought to Fillières. Today, this national war cemetery contains the bodies of 689 French soldiers, 230 of which are in individual graves. The remains of 459 servicemen were placed in two ossuaries. Within the enclosure of the national cemetery, a monument was erected to commemorate the dead of the commune and is dedicated to soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Frontiers.
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