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Vertus is a former commune in the Marne department in north-eastern France. On 1 January 2018, it was merged into the new commune of Blancs-Coteaux.[1] The Encyclopédiste Antoine-Claude-Pierre Masson de La Motte-Conflans (1727–1801) was born and died in Vertus.

Coat of arms of Vertus
Coat of arms
Vertus is located in France
Location within Grand Est region
Vertus is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 48°54′19″N 4°00′08″E / 48.9054°N 4.0021°E / 48.9054; 4.0021Coordinates: 48°54′19″N 4°00′08″E / 48.9054°N 4.0021°E / 48.9054; 4.0021
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Marne
Arrondissement Épernay
Canton Vertus-Plaine Champenoise
Area1 35.68 km2 (13.78 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 2,512
 • Density 70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Vertusiens
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 51612 /51130

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.


World War IIEdit

After the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in September 1944, engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground southwest of the town. Declared operational on 5 September, the airfield was designated as "A-63", it was used as a transport base until October when the unit moved into Central France. Afterward, the airfield was used for resupply and casualty evacuation before being closed in May 1945.[2][3]


Vertus is located in the Côte de Blancs subregion of Champagne. It is one of the highest rated Premier Cru villages of Champagne.[4] With 500 hectares of vines, Vertus is the second largest village in Champagne, and the largest in the Marne department. Vertus is the home of one of the major Champagne houses: Duval-Leroy is established in the village since 1859.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 21 December 2017 (in French)
  2. ^ Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
  3. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  4. ^ "Please login". Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Champagne Duval-Leroy". Retrieved 27 September 2016. 

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