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Souain-Perthes-lès-Hurlus is located in France
Coordinates: 49°11′04″N 4°32′39″E / 49.1844°N 4.5442°E / 49.1844; 4.5442Coordinates: 49°11′04″N 4°32′39″E / 49.1844°N 4.5442°E / 49.1844; 4.5442
Country France
Region Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine
Department Marne
Arrondissement Arrondissement of Châlons-en-Champagne
Canton Canton of Suippes
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de la Région de Suippes
 • Mayor Jean-Baptiste Leclere
Area1 53.12 km2 (20.51 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 193
 • Density 3.6/km2 (9.4/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 51553 / 51600

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.
French armoured Baby Holt experiment at Souain, 9 December 1915.

Souain-Perthes-lès-Hurlus is a commune in the Marne department in north-eastern France.

On 9 December 1915 at Souain, a former battlefield with rough terrain and trenches, and in the presence of General Philippe Pétain, a prototype armoured vehicle motorized with a Baby Holt caterpillar was successfully tested. [1] [2] [3]

It is also known for the Souain corporals affair.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Landships website
  2. ^ Armoured fighting vehicles of the world Duncan Crow 1970 p.68 "On December 9, 1915, the Baby Holt, modified with a mock-up armoured driving position ... was demonstrated on a crosscountry course at Souain"
  3. ^ Alain Gougaud L'Aube de la Gloire, Les Autos-Mitrailleuses et les Chars Français pendant la Grande Guerre, 1987, Musée des Blindés, ISBN 2-904255-02-8, p.111