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Village de Cornay.JPG
Coat of arms of Cornay
Coat of arms
Cornay is located in France
Coordinates: 49°18′09″N 4°57′00″E / 49.3025°N 4.95°E / 49.3025; 4.95Coordinates: 49°18′09″N 4°57′00″E / 49.3025°N 4.95°E / 49.3025; 4.95
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Ardennes
Arrondissement Vouziers
Canton Grandpré
Intercommunality Argonne Ardennaise
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Huat
Area1 10.94 km2 (4.22 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 80
 • Density 7.3/km2 (19/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 08131 / 08250
Elevation 122–246 m (400–807 ft)
(avg. 190 m or 620 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.

Cornay is a commune in the Ardennes department in northern France.

World War I[edit]

On October 8, 1918, in the Argonne Forest (49°17′08″N 4°57′09″E / 49.28558°N 4.95242°E / 49.28558; 4.95242). Cornay was the scene of particularly heavy fighting on October 8, 1918. The 82nd US Infantry Division launched a series of attacks in the area, with 1st Battalion, 328 Infantry regiment (82nd Division) attacking to liberate Cornay and 2nd Battalion, 328th Infantry Regiment attacking into the Argonne Forest through Chatel Chehery (south of Cornay). Around 10:30 am, the German 125th Landwehr Wuerttemberg Regiment and 212th Prussian Reserve Regiment launched a determined counterattack against the American forces, which inflicted heavy casualties on the Americans, with more than 100 being captured. The 82nd Division was forced to retreat from Cornay. The town was retaken by the Americans the next day.[1] Three kilometers to the south, Cpl Alvin C. York from Company G, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division, with the aid of 7 other soldiers, captured 132 German soldiers.[2] For his actions York was awarded the US Medal of Honor.[3]


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 112 —    
1968 117 +4.5%
1975 98 −16.2%
1982 96 −2.0%
1990 90 −6.2%
1999 86 −4.4%
2008 80 −7.0%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mastriano, Douglas V. (2014). Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press. pp. 93–99. ISBN 0813145198. 
  2. ^ Mastriano, Douglas V. (2014). Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press. p. 112. ISBN 0813145198. 
  3. ^ "Photo of Sgt York on hill where raid took place near Cornay, France". US National Archives. Retrieved January 1, 2014.