Bois-le-Prêtre fighting

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Bois-le-Prêtre fighting (literally Priest's Wood, Priesterwald in German) was a World War I theater of operation between September 1914 and July 1915, involving the French 73 and 128th Infantry Division (the Wolves of Bois-le-Prêtre) and the German 121st Infantry Division.


The Bois le Prêtre is a Lorraine forest, at the northwest of the town of Pont-a-Mousson near the Moselle River.

In 1914 German troops want to conquer Verdun fortifications which are a strong point inside the French defenses lines.


German cemetery (Thiaucourt-Regniéville)
French Le Pétant cemetery (Montauville)

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Coordinates: 48°54′19″N 6°03′17″E / 48.9053°N 6.0547°E / 48.9053; 6.0547