Saales French national war cemetery
La nécropole nationale de Saales. © ECPAD
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The national war cemetery of Saales contains the bodies of soldiers who died for France during the fighting that took place during the summer of 1914, in vallée de la Bruche. Created and in 1921 and extended in 1924, this military cemetery brings together the bodies of 36 French soldiers who served with the 14th and 21st Army Corps. Ten of these soldiers were buried in individual graves and 26 were placed in an ossuary.
Containing the remains of French soldiers, the Saales war cemetery is characteristic of military cemeteries from the beginning of the First World War, and the treatment of the deceased soldiers. Indeed at that time, officers were usually buried in individual graves, while the troops were buried in mass graves. This principle lasted until 1915, but the use of individual graves was extended to all soldiers. The law of 29 December 1915 accorded all soldiers who died for France the right to be buried in an individual grave.
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