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Blies bei Blieskastel 2012-05-08.JPG
The Blies at Blieskastel
Country Germany
Basin features
Main source Saarland
430 m (1,410 ft)
River mouth Saar
49°6′52″N 7°4′0″E / 49.11444°N 7.06667°E / 49.11444; 7.06667 (Saar-Blies)Coordinates: 49°6′52″N 7°4′0″E / 49.11444°N 7.06667°E / 49.11444; 7.06667 (Saar-Blies)
Basin size 1,960 km2 (760 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 99.5 km (61.8 mi)

The Blies is a right offshoot 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 roughly 100 km long, ending in the French city of Sarreguemines. It flows through Sankt Wendel, Ottweiler, Neunkirchen, Bexbach, Homburg and Blieskastel (Blieskastel are named after the river). Its lower path makes for 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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External links[edit]

Media related to Blies at Wikimedia Commons