Postcard from the military cemetery at Vic-sur-Aisne – in France

I’m taking a short autumn break with my family in northern France in the Aisne region staying at a holiday parc at Berny Riviere with Eurocamp. We spent the day exploring the holiday parc of La Croix du Vieux Pont, that has two lakes as well as all the sporting facilities you could wish for, and looked around the village of Vic-sur-Aisne with it’s pretty small chateau in the town square.

Cemetery at Vic-sur-Aisne, France

A drive down to the military cemetery on the edge of town reminded us that this area was on the front line of two world wars, with places like Somme, Cambrai and Arras to be passed on the motorway drive from Calais. The military cemetery here recalls those times, and as my husband is a former tank commander, a visit to Cambrai and to the cemetery near Arras, where his great uncle is buried, is on the cards. It’ll be a reality check compared the trip to Disneyland Resort Paris that we also hope to make while we’re here.

Which would you prefer?

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    October 27, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Over the years I have lectured many times on Art and Architecture of the Great War (1914-88) and the students are always moved by the cemeteries and cenotaphs in France, Belgium and Israel.

    But what convinced me to blog about the topic was the excellent British television programme called Finding The Fallen. I did not include Vic-sur-Aisne cemetery because it did not include British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian soldiers, but I am very pleased that you did. Thanks!
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    October 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    If you’d asked this question 10 years ago I would probably have said Disneyland Paris, but now that I’m older I don’t really enjoy fake theme parks. Give me a cemetery with interesting inscriptions any day.
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    Sherry Ott
    October 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I loved your picture for this post – really stunning! I’d much prefer history over Disneyland any day!

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    Mark H
    October 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I have visited a couple of the cemetries in this front area of WW1 and three things struck me:

    1. The fine condition that the cemetries are kept in. Beautifully mown lawns, small well kept gardens.

    2. The horrifyingly young ages of so many of the soldiers.

    3. The difficulty in imagining that these areas of verdant rolling hills were once mud-laden war fields with trenches and two armies gaining almost no ground.

    As we approach Remembrance Day, may such sacrifices not be forgotten.
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    Heather Cowper
    October 28, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    @ Mark
    You’re right about the beautiful condition of the graveyards which is down to the Commonwealth Graves Commission who keep up the commonwealth graveyards, regardless of whether they are in the middle of no-where. We visited a family grave that literally was down a farm track on the edge of a field & it was just as well kept.

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    Autumn family break at La Croix du Vieux Pont at Berny-Rivière with Eurocamp | Heather on her travels
    January 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    […] the lake and had a look around the village of Vic-sur-Aisne with it’s pretty Chateau and military cemetery. There were several small shops, a couple of boulangerie and a few bars and restaurants that we […]

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    January 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    We have booked a much needed holiday at Berny-Riverie near Vic-sur-Aisne would love to know what people thought of the town, site and area. Our needs are simple:- nice food, stress free exploring and a nice visit to a french market!

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    January 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    @ Helen Vic-sur-Aisne is more if a village with a few small shops and two or three bar/restaurants which are very pleasant to eat out and there’s a small chateau that’s open in summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a weekly market there or some other nearby town but it wasn’t on when we were there. Do take a look at my main article and video about our stay at Berny Riviere

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    February 23, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Planning a visit to the cemetery in June 2017 for the 100th Anniversary of of he Battle of Belleau Wood. My Grandpas’ brother (Pvt. George P. Kotalik) is buried there and no member of the family has ever visited his grave in 96 years.

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      Heather Cowper
      February 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      @Lou I think you will find your visit a really rewarding one, I was impressed by how well kept these war cemetaries are by the War Graves Commission – it’s a comfort to the relatives of those who are buried there.

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