Lieux de mémoire

La stèle des aéropostiers du "Pilâtre de Rozier", le dernier dirigeable militaire

Podcasts :
Le monument Pilâtre de Rozier à Voelerdingen
Le monument Pilâtre de Rozier à Voelerdingen © Radio France - guy wach

Entre Voellerdingen et Oermingen, un sentier mène à la stèle érigée en l’honneur des neuf aéropostiers tués dans l'explosion du "Pilâtre de Rozier", le dernier dirigeable utilisé à des fins militaires qui s'est écrasé en février 1917.

> Notre carte interactive des 38 lieux de mémoire de la guerre 14-18 (balades, expos)

La Première Guerre mondiale a débuté en Alsace, dans le Sundgau, par lequel les Français sont entrés. Puis il s’est stabilisé sur les crêtes vosgiennes. En dehors de l’effort de guerre exigé de tout le monde, la plaine et plus particulièrement celle du nord de la région a peu souffert du conflit. Et pourtant....

Avant les vrais avions, il y avait les dirigeables. Pour ne pas être repérés, ils volaient la nuit, en se repérant au miroitement des cours d'eau. Le Pilâtre de Rozier est le dernier dirigeable à avoir été utilisé à des fins militaires. Entre Voellerdingen et Oermingen, un sentier mène à la stèle érigée en l’honneur des neuf aéropostiers morts dans l'explosion. 

Jean-Louis Wilbert devant la fosse commune des 9 du Pilâtre de Rozier à Voelerdingen - Radio France
Jean-Louis Wilbert devant la fosse commune des 9 du Pilâtre de Rozier à Voelerdingen © Radio France - guy wach
Monument Pilâtre de Rozier à Voelerdingen - Radio France
Monument Pilâtre de Rozier à Voelerdingen © Radio France - guy wach

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