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Avenue du 5eme R.A.P.
(Carrefour des Maréchaux)

Carrefour des Maréchaux

Crossroads of the Marshals

Various sculptors

Verdun /  Carrefour des Maréchaux   Verdun /  Carrefour des Maréchaux


At the Carrefour des Maréchaux (Crossroads of the Marshals), located at the foot of the bastions in the old moat of the fortifications, sixteen monumental statues are of great military officers of the Empire, the War of 1870 and 1914-1918. The commission for these statues - originally 17 - was given between the two World Wars to young artists, Prix de Rome, and the intended use was originally the Louvre Museum in Paris (presumably a series of niches in the facade of the Rue de Rivoli). But when the work was finished, they realized the statues were... too large.

In 1960 the mayor of Verdun, François Schleiter, thought that the statues of marshals, generals and an admiral would be a beautiful addition for his heroic the city. He wrote to André Malraux, Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, who replied positively (it would give also more space in the warehouse). The statues were transported to Verdun, where they remain in their crates for five years until the new Mayor, Andrew Beauguitte, finally takes the initiative to set them on theor place. At that time was found out that one of 17 statues disappeared, Maréchal Joffre. A trace of this statue was never found.

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux

The 16 sandstone statues are placed in four rows along the Avenue du 5eme R.A.P.
1-9, 12: Premier empire
10-11: Second Empire and the Third Republic
13-16 First World War
1, 2, 5, and 8 were no "Maréchal de France"

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


1. Jean-Baptiste Marcellin de Marbot
Altillac 1782 - Paris 1854
General of the French Empire

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


2. Pierre Cambronne
Nantes 1770 - Nantes 1842
General of the French Empire

Sculpted by Julien Causse
Signed: J. Causse

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


3. Jean-Mathieu Sérurier
Laon 1742 - Paris 1819
Marshal of France

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


4. Georges Mouton comte de Lobau
Phalsbourg 1770 - Paris 1838
Marshal of France

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


5. Jean-Andoche Junot, duc d'Abrantès
dit «la Tempête»
Bussy-le-Grand 1771 - Montbard 1813
French general during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars


6. Édouard Mortier
Le Cateau Cambrésis 1768 - Paris 1835
French general and Marshal of France under Napoleon I

Sculpted by F. Chauvet
Signed: F. Chauvet 1931

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


7. Bertrand Clauzel
Mirepoix 1772 - Cintegabelle 1842
Marshal of France

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


8. Armand marquis de Caulaincourt, duc de Vicence
Caulaincourt 1773 - Paris 1827
French general and diplomat

Sculpted by Armand Bloch
Signed: armand BLOCH / 1923

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


9. Rémy Exelmans
Bar-le-Duc 1775 - Saint-Cloud 1852
Marshal of France

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


10. Louis d'Aurelle de Paladines
Malzieu-ville 1804 - Versailles 1877
Marshal of France

Sculpted by Suzanne Lifraud
Signed: s. lifraud / 1929

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


11. Jean-Auguste Margueritte
Manheulles 1824 - Beauraing (Belgique) 1870
Marshal of France

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


12. François Marie Clément de La Roncière
Amiens 1773 - Paris 1854
French general

Sculpted by Louis Bertrand
Signed: Louis BERTRAND / 1930

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


13. Louis Franchet d'Espèrey
Mostaganem (Algérie française) 1856 - Saint-Amancet 1942
Marshal of France

Sculpted by Louis Janthial
Signed: janthial / 1936

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


14. Joseph Gallieni
Saint-Béat 1849 - Versailles 1916
French general and administrator in the French colonies, Marshal of France (posthumously in 1921)

Sculpted by Auguste Maillard
Signed: aug. maillard

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


15. Marie Émile Fayolle
Le Puy-en-Velay 1852 - Paris 1928
Marshal of France

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


16. Michel Joseph Maunoury
Maintenon 1847 - 1923
Marshal of France

Verdun - Carrefour des Maréchaux


Sources & Information


  • Caulaincourt, Armand de
  • Causse, Julien
  • Chauvet, F.
  • Clauzel, Bertrand
  • Clément de La Roncière, François Marie
  • Exelmans, Rémy
  • Fayolle, Marie Émile
  • Franchet d`Espèrey, Louis
  • Gallery of Honor
  • Gallieni, Joseph
  • Janthial, Louis
  • Junot, Jean-Andoche
  • La Roncière, Clément de
  • Lifraud, Suzanne
  • Lobau, Georges Mouton comte de
  • Maillard, Auguste
  • Marbot, Jean-Baptiste Marcellin de
  • Marcellin de Marbot, Jean-Baptiste
  • Margueritte, Jean-Auguste
  • Maunoury, Michel Joseph
  • Mortier, Édouard
  • Mouton, Georges
  • Sérurier, Jean-Mathieu
  • Statue
  • Locatie (N 49°9'23" - E 5°22'15")

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