Morisel Kriegsgräberstätte - German War Cemetery
Historical Information (Source: Volksbund)
2,640 German war dead from World War I rest on this war cemetery. 135 of them died on 08.08.1918.
The German spring offensive of 1918 failed to achieve its goal of taking the city of Amiens. Instead, on August 8, 1918, the British Army countered with a major attack. General Ludendorff was then to speak of a "black day for the German army". His troops were pushed back, losing 27,000 men in that one day alone. Although the Allies stopped their attacks five days later, the Battle of Amiens was the beginning of the end for the Central Powers. For their opponents, it was the prelude to the so-called Hundred Days Offensive, which ended with the armistice on November 11th.
The German military cemetery Morisel was laid out in 1920 by the French military authorities as a collective cemetery for German war dead. They come from 18 community areas and temporary burial sites within a radius of approx. 15 km around Morisel. With a few exceptions - those who were killed in the summer and autumn of 1914 - almost all of those buried in the cemetery lost their lives in the course of fighting during 1918: During the great German offensive in March and April, as a result of the costly positional battles and the Allied counter-offensives in the summer and autumn. Those resting here belonged to troops whose home garrisons were in Brandenburg, Saxony, Hesse, Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg, Württemberg, Bavaria and the Rhineland. The regiments of the Prussian Guard also recorded particularly high losses.