The first fatalities on the Western Front of World War I occurred in this village on 2 August 1914, one day before the formal declaration of war between Germany and France. French soldier Jules André Peugeot was stationed in the village of Joncherey, southeast of Belfort, when he challenged a German army patrol, which had crossed the border. Peugeot commanded the Germans to stop and declared them under arrest. In response, the German officer commanding the patrol, Albert Mayer, pulled out his revolver and fired, hitting Peugeot in the shoulder. Despite his wound, Peugeot fired with his pistol at Mayer but missed. Peugeot's comrades then fired repeatedly at Mayer, killing him. Peugeot, severely wounded, returned to his billet, where he died from his injuries.