AISNE and MARNE: The Aisne, Belleau Wood & the Marne
This limestone hills to the north of the Aisne contains a large number of subterranean stone quarries which became home to soldiers of both sides: their passing is marked by a wealth of carvings and relics.
BELLEAU WOOD - 1918
"Retreat, hell! We just got here"
was the famous retort of a US Marine officer as his troops fought to stem a German attack here in June 1918.
MARNE - Miracle of 1914
The 'Miracle of the Marne' where disparate French and British forces stemmed the German advance and then began the advance that marked the end of the Schleiffen Plan and German hopes for a swift victory over France.