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Nécropole Nationale d'Assevent

Military cemetery (ASSEVENT)

On 8 September 1914 the Siege of Maubeuge, the longest in the Great War, came to an end with the surrender of the French no longer able to resist the heavy German artillery. Two years later the bodies of nearly 2,000 soldiers of both sides had still not been given a decent burial. Intent on resolving the situation, the German Army decided to concentrate the graves in a 'memorial cemetery' which the sister of the German Emperor would officially open and hand over to the town of Maubeuge in 1916.