Suippes

Suippes is a commune in the Marne department in north-eastern France. It was part of the so-called la Champagne pouilleuse, a region battered by conflict during World War I.[2] In the early months of the war, British soldiers were deployed here and were to march to Châlons-sur-Marne to fight the First Battle of the Marne. In October 1918, the United States also deployed a brigade in the area and was assigned as Fourth French Army reserve.[3] The commune was pillaged and razed by the Germans in the same way they attacked Heiltz-le-Maurupt, Marfaux, Fromentieres, and Esternay.[4]

Suippes
The church and town hall in Suippes
The church and town hall in Suippes
Location of Suippes
Suippes is located in France
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Suippes
Suippes is located in Grand Est
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Suippes
Coordinates: 49°07′51″N 4°31′57″E / 49.1308°N 4.5325°E / 49.1308; 4.5325Coordinates: 49°07′51″N 4°31′57″E / 49.1308°N 4.5325°E / 49.1308; 4.5325
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentMarne
ArrondissementChâlons-en-Champagne
CantonArgonne Suippe et Vesle
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes de la Région de Suippes
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) François Collart
Area
1
42.25 km2 (16.31 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
3,890
 • Density92/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
51559 /51600
Elevation129–196 m (423–643 ft)
(avg. 135 m or 443 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The commune is home to France's 40th Artillery Regiment and was once home to 15th Artillery Regiment which operated the nuclear Pluton missile as part of France's deterrent during the Cold war.

Église mairie corps de garde Suippes.jpg

GeographyEdit

The commune is traversed by the Suippe river, from which it takes its name.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ Pearson, Chris (2016). Mobilizing nature: The environmental history of war and militarization in modern France. Manchester: Manchester University Press. p. 145. ISBN 9781784993733.
  3. ^ McClellan, Edwin North (2014). The United States Marine Corps in the World War. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 84. ISBN 9780160927829.
  4. ^ March, Francis A. (2008). World War I: History of the World War, Complete Edition, Vol. I. Wildside Press LLC. p. 144. ISBN 9781434463548.