Local information : The village of Chastre is located on the south-east of Brussels, close to the town of Gembloux.
From the N4 main road between Wavre and Namur turn right at the village of Walhain-St-Paul, Chastre is the next village on this road. From there, take the direction of Villeroux. The Cemetery is located along this road on the right side.
The addres of the Cemetery is: rue des quinze Bonniers - Chastre
Historical information: Chastre, Cortil-Noirmont and Ernage are located in the middle of the site where the battle of Gembloux took place from 14 to 16 June 1940. The French 1st army involving many tanks, together with French and Moroccan soldiers tried to stop the German panzer divisions that were invading Belgium since the 10 May 1940.
This is the first battle in history involving such a large amount of tanks (ca 400 on the French side opposed to 750 on the German side). During this action the first French army succeeded in retarding the German progression, thus covering the retreat of the British Expeditionary Forces to Dunkirk. French and Moroccan victims, of this battle and of other further actions during WWII, are buried in this cemetery.
A museum dedicated to the battle of Gembloux is located in the centre of the nearby village of Cortit-Noirmont. More details can be found on following website:
GPS Coordinates: 50.60465, 4.62653
- Added: 16 Dec 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2286258
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