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Bruyères is a commune in the Vosges department in Grand Est in northeastern France.

Coat of arms of Bruyères
Coat of arms
Bruyères is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Bruyères is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°12′30″N 6°43′16″E / 48.2083°N 06.721°E / 48.2083; 06.721Coordinates: 48°12′30″N 6°43′16″E / 48.2083°N 06.721°E / 48.2083; 06.721
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Vosges
Arrondissement Épinal
Canton Bruyères
Intercommunality CC Bruyères - Vallons des Vosges
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Alain Blangy
Area1 16.02 km2 (6.19 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,384
 • Density 210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 88078 /88600
Elevation 390–704 m (1,280–2,310 ft)
(avg. 493 m or 1,617 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

The town built up around a castle built on a hill in the locality in the 6th century. It was the birthplace of Jean Lurçat, in 1892.



In World War II, Bruyères was liberated from German occupation by Japanese-American soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The Battle of Bruyères and the rescue of the "Lost Texas Battalion" is now considered to be one of the ten major military battles fought by the United States Armed Forces. The 100th/442nd Regiment became the most decorated Unit in the History of the US Army (8 Presidential Unit Citation, 21 Medal of Honor and 18,143 individual decorations). On July 8 & 9, 1989, the bicentennial of the presentation of the "Bill of Human Rights" by Mounier, Pierre Moulin created and inaugurated the "Peace and Freedom Trail." Encompassing 89 points of interest, the "Peace and Freedom Trail" highlights the actions of the 442nd RCT and their campaign to free Bruyères from German occupation during World War II.

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External linksEdit

  • Town website (in French)
  • [1] Le Chemin de la Paix et de la Liberte de Bruyeres