Grendelbruch

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Grendelbruch
Grendelbruch is located in France
Grendelbruch
Grendelbruch
Coordinates: 48°29′35″N 7°19′24″E / 48.4931°N 7.3233°E / 48.4931; 7.3233Coordinates: 48°29′35″N 7°19′24″E / 48.4931°N 7.3233°E / 48.4931; 7.3233
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Molsheim
Canton Rosheim
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Philippe Kuntzmann
Area
 • Land1 14.63 km2 (5.65 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 1,266
 • 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.

Grendelbruch is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

The name is sometimes colloquially shortened to Gembri.

Geography[edit]

Grendelbruch is a mountainous village set in the forested region to the west of Obernai.

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History[edit]

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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