Wisches French national war cemetery
La nécropole nationale de Wisches. © ECPAD
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The national war cemetery of Wisches 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 and at Schirmeck. Established in 1924, this national cemetery brings together 504 bodies, 60 of which were placed in individual graves. The remains of 444 soldiers were placed in two ossuaries. In the surrounding area, many remnants of bunkers and steles can still be seen.
Containing the remains of French soldiers, the Wisches 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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