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Origin Saarland
Mouth Saar 49°6′52″N 7°4′1″E / 49.11444°N 7.06694°E / 49.11444; 7.06694 (Saar-Blies)Coordinates: 49°6′52″N 7°4′1″E / 49.11444°N 7.06694°E / 49.11444; 7.06694 (Saar-Blies)
Basin countries Germany
Length 99.5 km
Source elevation 430 m
Basin area 1,960 km²
The Blies at Blieskastel

The Blies is a right tributary of the Saar in southwestern Germany (Saarland) and northeastern France (Moselle). The Blies flows from three springs in the Hunsrück near Selbach, Germany. It is approximately 100 km long, ending in the French city of Sarreguemines. It flows through Sankt Wendel, Neunkirchen, and Blieskastel (one of several towns named after the river). Its lower course forms the border between France and Germany.

World War II[edit]

Fighting took place on the Blies during the Lorraine Campaign, fought from September to December 1944 by the Third United States Army, famously led by George S. Patton. The 35th Infantry Division fought along the Blies following its battle at Sarreguemines in early December, the former part of the larger assault on the West Wall.

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Media related to Blies at Wikimedia Commons