Pain-de-Sucre WW1 bunkers, Celles-sur-PlainePain-de-Sucre WW1 bunkers, Celles-sur-Plaine

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    This is a very off the path Explo! Very cool!
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      Very nice description Fritz. Any tip for a unique Explo?
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      Yes. And you added a google map!
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      Yes!
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German fortified observatory of the war of 1914-1918, located on a rocky promontory overlooking the Plaine valley. These bunkers may be the aim of a nice ballad in the forest...

My experience, Explo description: 

After their failures in August 1914 with the Charmes battle, and in September 1914 (battle of the Marne, Haute-Meurthe battle), the Germans must pull back in Lorraine almost to the old frontier.
On the vosges slopes, they withdraw and settle on the mountain ridges. The front is stabilized in this sector at the end of September. The German consolidate their positions by building shelters and observatories bunkers.

On the 1st August 1916, 91 French soldiers from 3th battalion of 157th alpine infantry regiment tried to conquer the position, but they stopped their attack after suffering heavy losses.

Exit Celles-sur-plaine from the Fortier street, going to the East, and follow the red and white tags of the GR533 trail. After 1.5 km, take the track on the left (about 300m to go) and then take a little trail that goes directly on the right. It passes through a wide forest track, and continue on a small trail (tagged with yellow crosses) that bypasses the « Pain-de-Sucre » summit by the North. The rocks, shelters and observatory can be reached after a 1h1/4 long walk.

From Celles-sur-plaine, you can go by car to the Ferry pass. From there, an easy trail leads to the « Pain-de-Sucre » (1h1/4 long trip).

It is recommended that you combine this ballad with the Tête du Coquin summit and bunkers (see related article)

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