Biffontaine

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Biffontaine
The church in Biffontaine
The church in Biffontaine
Coat of arms of Biffontaine
Coat of arms
Location of Biffontaine
Biffontaine is located in France
Biffontaine
Biffontaine
Biffontaine is located in Grand Est
Biffontaine
Biffontaine
Coordinates: 48°12′43″N 6°48′18″E / 48.2119°N 6.805°E / 48.2119; 6.805Coordinates: 48°12′43″N 6°48′18″E / 48.2119°N 6.805°E / 48.2119; 6.805
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentVosges
ArrondissementSaint-Dié-des-Vosges
CantonBruyères
IntercommunalityCA Saint-Dié-des-Vosges
Government
 • MayorDenis Henry
Area
1
8.88 km2 (3.43 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
428
 • Density48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
88059 /88430
Elevation456–660 m (1,496–2,165 ft)
(avg. 465 m or 1,526 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Biffontaine is a commune in the Vosges department in Grand Est in northeastern France.

History[edit]

In the World War II, it was liberated from German occupation by soldiers of the Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team in late October 1944, who then defended it from fierce counterattacks. It is perhaps best known as being near the location of the rescue of the "Lost Battalion" of soldiers from 1st Battalion, 141st Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, who had been surrounded by German forces but were rescued by the 442nd. The story is detailed in U.S. Samurais in Bruyeres by Pierre Moulin.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.