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Location of Flirey
Flirey is located in France
Flirey is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°52′35″N 5°50′54″E / 48.8764°N 5.8483°E / 48.8764; 5.8483Coordinates: 48°52′35″N 5°50′54″E / 48.8764°N 5.8483°E / 48.8764; 5.8483
RegionGrand Est
CantonLe Nord-Toulois
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes des Trois Vallées
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre David
15.77 km2 (6.09 sq mi)
 • Density11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
54200 /54470
Elevation256–332 m (840–1,089 ft)
(avg. 21 m or 69 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.

Flirey is a commune in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in north-eastern France.

Birthplace of Rin Tin Tin[edit]

Following advances made by American forces during the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, Corporal Lee Duncan, an aerial gunner of the U.S. Army Air Service, was sent forward on September 15, 1918, to Flirey to see if it would make a suitable flying field for his unit, the 135th Aero Squadron. [1]:21, 28 The area had been subject to bombs and artillery, and Duncan found a severely damaged kennel which had once supplied the Imperial German Army with German Shepherd dogs. The only dogs left alive in the kennel were a starving mother with a litter of five nursing puppies, their eyes still shut because they were less than a week old.[2] Duncan rescued the dogs and brought them back to his unit.

When the puppies were weaned, he gave the mother to an officer and three of the litter to other soldiers, but he kept a male and a female. He felt that these two dogs were symbols of his good luck. He called them Rin Tin Tin and Nanette after a pair of good luck charms called Rintintin and Nénette that French children often gave to the American soldiers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Orlean, Susan (2011). Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4391-9013-5.
  2. ^ Orlean, Susan (August 29, 2011). "The Dog Star". The New Yorker. Retrieved October 17, 2011.