The day before yesterday Red Baron went with the Feierabend crowd to visit the site of the Hartmannsweilerkopf where particularly in the beginning of the Great War the fight for the strategic height between the French and the Germans took a high death toll. Later the war on the Vosges developed into a trench warfare as everywhere on the western front.
The entrance to the war memorial is protected by two guardian angels.
|Queen of the martyrs, console the afflicted|
|I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, |
even though they die (John 11:25).
The swastika were explained being a Lutheran symbol??
|Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain,|
that they may live (Ezekiel 37: 5,9)
Here is a color photo taken of the Hartmannsweilerkopf in 1915! on the German side:
|All the trees are annihilated|
fought in trenches,
and some survived in holes.
|An early color photo|
|View from the memorial into the Rhine valley|
|Walking up the hill to the memorial|
After the Wehrmacht had occupied the Alsace in 1940 Nazi governor Robert Wagner ordered the war memorial to be dynamited. When a mayor from a nearby village informed the Gauleiter that possibly also bones of German soldiers repose in the common grave below the monument Wagner rushed to the Hartmannsweilerkopf making it just in time. The sappers had already placed dynamite into the bore holes. Disappointed the troops found some consolation in destroying the Jewish altar.
|Hollande and Gauck on top of the monument (©Merkur)|