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Battle of Hartmannswillerkopf
Part of the Western Front of the First World War
Memorial at Hartmannswillerkopf.JPG
The memorial at Hartmannswillerkopf.
Date19 January – 22 December 1915
LocationHartmannswillerkopf, Alsace
Result Stalemate
Belligerents
France France  German Empire
Commanders and leaders
Louis de Maud'huy
Strength
Third Army
Casualties and losses
15,000 dead or wounded 15,000 dead or wounded

The Battle of Hartmannswillerkopf were a series of engagements fought for the control of the Hartmannswillerkopf peak in Alsace during 1915.

Hartmannswillerkopf, also known as the Vieil Armand or Hartmannsweilerkopf is a pyramidal rocky spur in the Vosges mountains of Alsace. The peak stands at 956 metres (3,136 ft) overlooking the Rhine valley.

The mountain peak was a strategic area bitterly fought for. The most severe fighting for the peak took place on 19–20 January, 26 March, 25–26 April and 21–22 December 1915.[1] among casualties was included general Marcel Serret. After about 18 months of fierce combat, both sides began to focus most of their attentions on the western front farther north. Only enough men to hold the lines were left at Hartmannswillerkopf, and they remained relatively stable for the remainder of the war and generally only artillery exchanges took place.

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