Discover the history of this monument located in Revin and that of the courage of the maquisards…
Hello to everyone, Here I am again, Priscillia, always present to tell you about the historical heritage of the Val d'Ardenne territory!
Today, let's take a look at the history of the Maquis des Manises monument, located on the road to Despite everything. Let us pay homage, together to these soldiers who died for the resistance. Follow me and let's discover together this emblematic monument which overlooks the city of Revin from all sides, but also its poignant history.
I tried to reveal to you through this article the story of this one in the most suitable way so as not to offend the duty of memory.
Presentation of the monument
Before going into the enunciation of the history itself of the monument, it seems important to me to evoke its architecture. As for the story, it will of course be mentioned in another paragraph.
So, first of all, you should know that the Maquis des Manises monument measures twelve meters long by six meters wide. It is a very large and imposing monument which is therefore visible from quite a distance and from the city below.
It was imagined by the sculptor Henri Louis during the year 1948, to pay homage to the resistant soldiers who fought during the Second World War and was inaugurated the same year, more precisely in June.
It is also decorated with a cross of Lorraine in the middle, 2 statues of bronze boars and the names of the 106 maquisards, resistance fighters during the Second World War and who died in defense of their countries.
The cross of Lorraine present on the monument of the Maquis des Manises, is the symbol of resistance and therefore of free France. It figured at the time in the symbolism of the Dukes of Anjou, who became Dukes of Lorraine in 1431.
The history of the monument
The Manises monument obviously reflects the history of France, but especially that of the town of Revin. To tell you more, the Maquis de Revin (another name given to this place), was the place of resistance of the Maquisards, who had hidden here, in order to resist against the oppression of the occupier in the territory of France, which was none other than the German enemy, during the Second World War.
After the landing in Normandy, in June 1944, this maquis (place where the monument is today), took place in order to raise an army of resistance fighters against the occupier. The area was, as you can see, elevated (altitude 433 meters). This strategic location made it possible to monitor the entire city below.
Attention, discretion was required, not being seen was essential to stay alive. But obviously it was not a lot to do. Thus, at the end of June 1944, this group of resistance fighters nestled in the heart of the Maquis des Manises was seen by the occupiers… because of the smoke from the fire which was spreading below. They were surrounded, tortured and then shot by the Germans.
Their bodies were buried in hastily dug graves by themselves. After various discussions, after Revin was liberated in October 1944, their bodies were taken and buried in the city cemetery.
To represent the courage of these brave guerrillas, the Manises monument was built in June 1948.
Commemoration of the Manises monument
Every year on June 13, the local population is called to go to the Père Lachaise clearing to pay tribute to these resistance fighters who died for France, and to underline the strength with which they were in love in order to want to resist at all costs. facing the enemy based in the city.