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American Tower of Montfaucon

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At 60 meters, the Montfaucon Tower is topped by a statue symbolizing freedom. This magnificent Doric column made of solid granite faces the front line of the First American Army where an offensive began on September 26, 1918. The site of this prestigious monument offers a breathtaking panorama.

A symbol of freedom

On the morning of September 26, 1918, an offensive began against the front line of the American First Army. German soldiers attacked in front of the Montfaucon Tower. This attack lasted until November 11, 1918, when the enemy admitted defeat. The Meuse-Argonne offensive was the largest battle in American history at the time. Out of 1,200,000 men engaged, the toll was heavy, it is reported that 125,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing.

On the walls of the monument, an engraved map depicts the operations and bears witness to the history of the American soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom. In addition, an observation platform allows you to admire most of the conquered territory of the time.

Erected in 1937 by the American Battle Monuments Commission, the Montfaucon Tower is still maintained by the Commission today. At its dedication, the tower was the subject of a speech by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt from Washington.

After discovering the American memorial, we invite you to stroll between the ruins of the abbey of Montfaucon and those of the old village.

Ruins of the Montfaucon Abbey
© Guillaume Ramon

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Rue d'Amérique
55270 Montfaucon-d'Argonne
Country France
Telephone 0033 (0)3 29 85 11 29
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