150 years ago, the Val-de-Marne region was the scene of the most important battle of the siege of Paris by the Germans. On 30 November 1870, nearly 60,000 French soldiers crossed the Marne River in front of Champigny and Bry-sur-Marne in an attempt to break the iron ring that the Germans had formed around the capital for several weeks. The French and German armies clashed at Bry, Champigny and Villiers for three bloody days, leaving thousands dead and wounded on the battlefield and villages in ruins.
Today, while many memorials and street names recall its importance in local history, the Battle of Champigny has been forgotten. This exhibition will allow you to discover and understand its development and its different aspects.
Built around the collections of the Adrien Mentienne Museum and enriched by very important loans from public and private, French and German collections, this exhibition brings together more than a hundred objects, paintings, prints and original documents presented to the public for the first time. Confronting the French and German visions, it sheds new light on this battle that has so marked the history of eastern Paris.
Hôtel de Malestroit
2, Grande Rue Charles de Gaulle
Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 16 68 00
From 25 May to 4 July and from 7 September to 22 October
Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5.30pm
Sunday from 2pm to 5.30pm
website of the town of Bry-sur-Marne.