Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France

Romagne-sous-Montfaucon is a small town in the Lorraine region. The Meuse-Argonne-Cemetery is the more popular one of the two cemeteries. More than 14,000 Americans who died in WW1 are buried here. But this entry is about the smaller German site. 1,407 German and 8 French rest here.

Most servicemen buried here died during the battle of Verdun. Many with a death date before 1916 died in the field hospitals located in Romagne in WW1. This is probably the reason why there are many older gravestones and memorials around the cemetery. Unlike the typical German WW1 gravestone in France, the cross isn’t made of metal and isn’t necessarily black. Here, some are lighter, some are darker, and all are tall and slim. A few gravestones have symbols, for example, a sunflower underneath the name or the ‘unknown’. I have no idea why, so please take a look at the mosaic. Some crosses have red-and-white bands hanging off them. I’m positive these are from the Austrian Black Cross (Österreichisches Schwarzes Kreuz), the Austrian War Graves Commission. If I’m wrong, please let me know!

 

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The crypt with a mosaic inside
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An unknown German serviceman
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The military cemetery with a French civilian cemetery in the background
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A close-up of gravestones from the French cemetery
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One of the older gravestones which can be found on the sides of the cemetery

If you have an idea, what the symbols underneath the names mean, please let me know!

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Some gravestones are darker than others
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Occasionally, gravestones have a red-white ribbon around them
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A look at front side of the cemetery

 

Camera
Nikon D5300

Lens
Nikon DX VR AF-P NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD MACRO 1:2

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Adobe Lightroom CC

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