The church in Gravelotte
|Canton||Les Coteaux de Moselle|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Torloting|
|Area1||5.66 km2 (2.19 sq mi)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|INSEE/Postal code||57256 /57130|
|Elevation||221–325 m (725–1,066 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.
Gravelotte is located between Metz and the former French-German frontier, as it was between 1870 and 1918. It was famous as the scene of the battle of 18 August 1870 between the Germans under King William of Prussia and the French under Marshal Bazaine.
The battlefield extends from the woods which border, the Moselle above Metz to Roncourt, near the river Orne. Other villages which played an important part in the battle of Gravelotte were Saint-Privat, Amanvillers and Sainte-Marie-aux-Chênes, all lying to the north of Gravelotte.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Gravelotte". Encyclopædia Britannica. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 383.
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