During WW2 the little town of Marckolsheim came under violent attack on more than one occasion. Great damage was caused and much of the town destroyed, lives lost or changed forever. Such was its strategic role and sufferingof the people that the town was awarded the Croix de Guerre 1939/1945.
Early, on before the worst bombardment, many people living along the Maginot Line were ecvacuated to the Dordogne and Loire but after the so-called phoney war returned.
Later many men and youths from Alsace-Lorrainewere forced either into the Nazi Army or taken to forced labour in Germany.
The exhibits include an American tank and automatic machine gun used by the French Units that combined with allied forces to liberate Marckol;sheim on the night of Jan 1st/ Feb 1st 1945.
After the war the town was rebuilt.
This Memorial erected by the military authorities and with donations from both French and German organisations contains many contemporaneous documents and artefacts in memory of the suffering and loss of life of the townspeople.
We were very moved by our visit - and particularly noted that the other visitors there represented most of the Allied and the Axis countries involved in the conflict.