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Church of Saint-German ruins

Church of Saint-German ruins

Abbey ruins of Montfaucon

Around 620, a community of monks founded an abbey atop the hill of the French village of Montfaucon d'Argonne. 

The collegiate church of St Germain was richly restored during the 18th and escaped destruction due to the French Revolution thanks to the intervention of a resident. However, the First World War destroyed the St Germain's Church.

Artillery shelling 

The German army captured the hilltop and built observation towers and bunkers there. Their occupation was met with artillery shelling by the French army. In the process, the church was severely damaged in September 1914.


The US army recaptured the hill on 26 and 27 September 1918. The American Battle Monuments Commission erected the Montfau Tower next to the church ruins as a reminder of the American Meuse-Argonne offensive.

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