Thiaucourt-Regniéville lays in the Grande-Est region of France. In September 1914, the German forces built the cemetery, and throughout the war, it grew to due to constant fighting in the area. The area was involved in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, and the I Corps of the US First Army did most of the fighting near Thiaucourt. Located left of the I Corps, IV Corps had two prominent officers in their ranks. Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur who led the 84th Infantry Brigade and Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton Jr. who commanded the 327th Tank Battalion, both would become prominent in World War Two. The battle happened between September 12-15, 1918 and in the same month, the French moved German graves within a radius of up to 30 km to Thiaucourt.
The same region was involved in a different war back in the 19th century. A few graves date back to the Franco-Prussian war in 1870/71. White gravestones, which are from World War One, surround the “old part” of the cemetery where the 1870/71 graves are (Google Maps).
Today, 11,685 fallen German soldiers rest in peace. About 2km to the West, 4,153 Americans are buried at the St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial.
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