||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2008)|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Philippe Kuntzmann|
|• Land1||14.63 km2 (5.65 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||87/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||67167 / 67190|
|Elevation||399–1,031 m (1,309–3,383 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The name is sometimes colloquially shortened to Gembri.
Grendelbruch is a mountainous village set in the forested region to the west of Obernai.
The first surviving written mention of Grendelbruch appears in a papal bull dated November 28, 1049, wherein the pope confirms that the Abbey of Altdorf may receive the tithes from "Grundelbac". Bac is an old Germanic word for a brook (Modern German: Bach), and Grendelbruch is one of a number of place names formed between the fifth and eighth centuries (when Germanic dialects predominated in the region) ending in a form of this word.
Grendelbruch was liberated from German occupation on November 26, 1944 by the Second Battalion of the Thirtieth Infantry Regiment of the US Army. Under the command of Lt Col Frederick R Armstrong the battalion engaged in fierce house to house fighting through the night. Significant further fighting took place in the forest surrounding the village.
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