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The 41

st

division



If Gièvres and Pruniers-en-Sologne played a technical and logistical role, the Cher Valley

was occupied by the 41

st

Division starting in January 1918. The high commandment of



the American Expeditionary Corps quickly realized the need to create a system to replace

wounded soldiers or those killed in combat ; this is why the 41

st

Division was designated



as the Replacement Division, December 8, 1917, a few days before its deployment in

France. It integrated the Service of Supply and the Intermediate Section.

Without real experience of large scale combat, the American Army, while extremely orga-

nized with powerful logistics, was unprepared to handle the losses of the combat divisions.

The 41

st

Division found itself obliged to institute its own rules and ways of working in



order to better serve the units that would receive young soldiers, only just deployed and

trained. Its results were excellent in terms of efficiency and training quality of the “repla-

cements”; it became the most important depot in the French territories. All the other depots

would adopt and follow its methods of organization. In January 1918 the depot received

the name “1

st

Depot (Infantry) Division” and would be used until December 1918.  



The superior officers of the 41

st

Division were housed at the Château Saint-Aignan while



the men from different units were lodged in the camps or by one of the local inhabitants.

The main camp was located in the community of Noyers-sur-Cher, but the group of com-

munities in the Cher Valley all received the order to lodge the troops.

In total, 259,668 soldiers were trained for combat units specialized in infantry, cavalry,

machine guns or the signals corps.  Graffiti carved into the stone walls of houses and barns

serve as witness to the Expeditionary Corps’s presence. The soldiers had the habit of noting

their hometowns, and one can count 20 American states : New Jersey ; Massachusetts ;

Wisconsin ; Ohio ; California ; Washington... which shows the extent of the draft.

December 26, 1918, the “1

st

Replacement Depot” was closed with the order that the re-



composed 41

st

Division would be divided. Starting January 24, 1919, 16,000 men left



Noyers-sur-Cher for Brest to board a homeward ship. The rest of the Division would return

the United States by other ports. The graffiti left by the soldiers shows that up until June

1919, units were still present in Noyers. Their great diversity seems to show that the 41

st

Division Camp was used as a halt during the wait to return home. The last issue of the



camp newspaper “The Saint-Aignan Windmill”, printed June 13, 1919, bore the headline,

“Everybody’s going Home, Toot Sweet!”



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T h e   A m e r i c a i n   a r m y   a l s o   p o s s e s s e d   a   l a r g e   n u m b e r   o f   a u t o m o b i l e s   a n d   m o t o r c y c l e s .   T h e   a r r i v a l   o f   s o l d i e r s   i n   m o t o r   v e h i c l e s   o n   t h e   r o a d s   o f   t h e   C h e r   V a l l e y   a n d   S o l o g n e   g r e a t l y

s u r p r i s e d   t h e   l o c a l   p o p u l a t i o n ,   w h i c h   r a r e l y   s a w   s u c h   m e a n s   o f   t r a n s p o r t   b e f o r e   t h e   w a r   !   ( A E F   S i g n a l   C o r p .   N A R A .   C o l l e c t i o n   M u s é e   d e   S o l o g n e )

D H 4   a i r p l a n e   a s s e m b l e d   i n   t h e   a i r b a s e   a t   R o m o r a n t i n .   1 9 1 8   ( W a l t e r   J .   B l i n d e r s )


The GISD and its Branch Offices

The first officers of the 15

th

Regiment of Engineers arrived in Gièvres in August 1917. In



a few months, using colossal human and mechanical means, they set up an immense wa-

rehouse in the open fields and forests, in a polygon bounded by Route N76 and the Tours

– Vierzon railway. Thus was born the Gièvres Camp, charged with supplying the American

Army during the campaign, from the French front to Italy. Other logistics camps would

also be built in the Indre (in Issoudun) and the Cher (in Mehun-sur-Yèvre).

The GISD (General Intermediate Supply Depot) extended across the Gièvres community

from east to west, as far as Pruniers-en-Sologne and Villefranche.  It included:

- Warehouses : more than 200 supply depots of diverse material and products over 222

acres of depots in cleared fields, either covered or open air

- An automobile park for thousands of vehicles, both civil and military in the Pruniers-en-

Sologne community

- 4 cisterns with a capacity of almost 600,000 gallons of gas fuel 

- A giant cold storage facility nearly 1000 feet long and 130 feet wide.  At the time, it was

the largest in the world after Chicago and allowed for 8,000 tons of meat to be frozen and

kept.

- A health service centre complete with immense stocks of medical and surgical supplies



- A hospital heavily stocked with pharmaceutical products and equipped with radiology

devices.  The local population had access to care by the American doctors, free of charge.

- The railway with its stations and shunting yard to bring in needed material to the front, 

- Enormous engineering work studios

- An artillery park, where diverse equipment was mounted and stocked

- A broadcast and weather station

- A veterinary hospital built east of Gièvres

- Quarters for the soldiers and personnel : 430 barracks

- Reception and social services for the soldiers : the Red Cross and the YMCA (Young

Men’s Christian Association)

-The American cemetery, at the junction of route N76 and the D124, where 254 soldiers

were buried, the community cemetery, 48. The bodies were exhumed and repatriated to

the U.S. after the war    

More than 80,000 men served in this camp, well as thousands of workers : French, Chinese,

Spanish, Portuguese and German prisoners.

In addition to the logistics camp was an aviation and automobile camp. The Air Service

Production Centre extended from Gièvres and Pruniers-en-Sologne to Romorantin. More

than 14,000 people worked there.  Three take off and landing strips were built.

An assembly and maintenance camp for motorbikes, automobiles and trucks was installed

in the Romorantin community, extending the aviation camp.



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The American Army in the Cher Valley and Sologne  

In 1917, the First World War entered into its third year of conflict. France was battle weary

and in spite of having stopped the German advancement at Verdun, the British offensive

of the Battle of the Somme was a failure. General Nivelle’s troops suffered heavy losses at

the Chemin des Dames, which included mutinies. On the German side, the armistice signed

in December with the then newly Communist Russia provoked the transfer of seasoned

troops from the east front to the west.

In the spring of 1917, Woodrow Wilson, the President of the United States, refused to en-

gage the country in the war, in spite of the American victims of a German submarine war-

fare attack. Two events would change the situation : Germany decided to engage in

unrestricted submarine warfare by sinking merchant ships in international waters without

warning. In addition, to prepare against an American military response to these acts, Ger-

many was aiming to bring financial aid to Mexico in order to help them take back Texas,

Arizona and New Mexico.  

The American reaction was swift. After the sinking of three merchant ships March 15, Pre-

sident Wilson asked Congress on April 2 “to accept the statute of the belligerent that was

thus imposed upon him”. The 6

th

of April, Congress officially declared war on Germany.



The United States then commenced an enormous war effort.

At this time, the Army, having been reduced in size, had no real combat experience and

only possessed machine guns as modern military equipment. But the conscription voted,

millions of men were enlisted. The General John Pershing came to France in June. The first

soldiers of the First Division marched in Paris July 4th, American Independence Day.  

The industrial and man power of the United States was mobilized with all its force.  More

than 24 million men were enlisted into the military between 1917 and 1918. In total, the

United States Expedition Army Forces numbered 4 million. This providential arrival was

welcomed with renewed hope by allied populations and armies, sorely tested for three

years.  


In less than 18 months, over more than 2 million soldiers, tons of material, arms, ammu-

nition, supplies and provisions were shipped; the Americans built ports, camps and trans-

port stations. The General Pershing chose Saint-Nazaire in the Loire-Atlantic region as its

landing base. August 9, a second base was built in at Bassens in the Gironde ; then in Sep-

tember, a port town started to be built near Brest. For every man that was brought over, 1

ton of material also arrived in France. Soon, each port and camp was linked by railways

that went as far as Is-sur-Tille (Côte d’Or), going through Bourges and Tours. Thanks to

the geographical position and their rail and road infrastructures, the Centre of France and

South of the Loire and Cher became a key military factor.

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The End of the Conflict and Posterity

The camps were built in record time but the Armistice came when construction was not

yet finished ; the Americans had made provisions for a five year war.

In 1919, the American troops were progressively sent home and the enormous facilities di-

sappeared as quickly as they had appeared. In Gièvres, the cold storage facility was dis-

mantled and sold to Mexico. The troops sold off part of their immense stock to the local

population. The French Air Force Army took possession of part of the aeronautics base

built in Pruniers-en-Sologne and Gièvres. The rest of the land was given back to its owners

who received an indemnity in case of depreciation. But some elements still remain visible

(vestiges of the cold storage facility, the horse training pools in the veterinary hospital),

now covered in vegetation. The camps of the 41

st

Division, made up of light structures,



also disappeared.  

The American arrival in the region has nevertheless left its posterity, because there were

marriages between locals and the soldiers. Children were born of these unions. There were

also a certain number of illegitimate births. Some soldiers, having been lodged in the homes

of local inhabitants, continued to correspond after the war with the families that had given

them shelter.  

To recall this historical moment, memorial markers were installed in Gièvres; at the aero-

nautics base in Pruniers-sur-Cher ; on the Saint Aignan Bridge ; and at the Notre Dame la

Blanche Church in Selles-sur-Cher. The Gièvres Memorial Heritage and Culture Society

created a museum dedicated to local history. The American camp plays a large role in this.

On the 90

th

anniversary of World War 1, the town of Romorantin – Lanthenay, in partner-



ship with the Sologne museum, mounted an exhibition on this history with a model of the

Gièvres Camp, which was given to the community to be on exhibit in its museum. In

Noyers-sur-Cher, a history and geography professor at the Saint-Aignan high school led a

research project with his students. The results of this work were published, dedicated to

the Noyers-sur-Cher Camp as well as a monument built by the students showing moulds

taken from graffiti left by the soldiers. The professor also published (Nathan, publisher) a

youth audience novel titled : Un Frère d’Amérique (A Brother from America). The arrival,

life, and departure of the 41

st

Division are told through the eyes of a young local boy. The



Friends of Old Selles also published a work called Les Américains à Selles-sur-Cher (The

Americans in Selles-sur-Cher) in 1998.  

For the centennial of the American military’s engagement and presence in the Cher Valley

and Romorantin region, the local communities and organizations joined together to offer

large scale commemorations to the public. The two main reasons for this being to introduce

a relatively little understood episode of the First World War to the local inhabitants and

the French public ; and to produce an international event in association with the American

population, to retighten the bonds that the Doughboys had made with the local populace.  

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Lectures and Visit

S e l l e s - s u r - C h e r



Speakers : 

Annie and Philippe Zwang*, his-

torians and former professors of the IUFM

(teacher training university) Paris and spe-

cialists in American History during World

War 1.

Organization :

Compagnons of Philippe de

Béthune

Lieu :

château of Selles-sur-Cher



The Americans Before the War

July 22, 2017, 5 p.m.

Presentation of the foundations of American

democracy and the circumstances leading to

the United State’s entry into war in 1917



Women and Children During the War

August 20, 2017, 5 p.m.

How women and children on the home

front were implicated in the first “Total

War” of history 

R o m o r a n t i n - L a n t h e n a y

Speakers : 

Annick Perrot and the Friends of

the Sologne Museum

Organization :

Friends of the Sologne Mu-

seum and the Romorantin – Lanthenay

Town Hall



Place :

Fabrique Normant Manufactory 

(auditorium)

Musicians of the Great War, Luc Durosoir:

“My Violin Saved My Life”

September 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Speakers:

Annick Perrot and Luc Durosoir

Luc Durosoir, former director of the Pasteur

Institute International Network tells the

story of his father, Lucien Durosoir, and his

deeply changed destiny as a renowned violi-

nist who founded the “General Mangin’s

Quintet” on the front.

Pasteur’s Genius to the Poilus’ Rescue (Poi-

lus, name for French W.W.1 soldiers)

October 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Conference given by Maxime Schwartz and

Annick Perrot on the publishing of their

book,  Le genie de Pasteur au secours des



Poilus (in French)

Speakers : 

Charles Tobermann

Organization :

Multimedia Library 



Place :

Fabrique Normant Manufactory 

(auditorium)

Conference – Concert

December 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

French and American music before and du-

ring the war

N o y e r s - s u r - C h e r



Speakers : 

Gilles Thomas  and 

Gilles Chauwin

Organization :

The community of Noyers-

sur-Cher

Place : 

Community Hall (Salle Polyvalente)

November 10, 2017, 6 p.m.

American Graffiti in the Aisne

Quarries

Between Combats, French, German and

the American soldiers of the 26

th

Division



covered the surfaces of the Aisne quarries

with graffiti. The conference will be the oc-

casion to compare this graffiti to those by

American soldiers on the tufa limestone fa-

cades of homes in the Cher Valley and the

quarries on Noyers-sur-Cher



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Johnny got his gun

(1971)

Dalton Trumbo. US.

During World War 1, a young

soldier is wounded by a mine

explosion, losing his arms, his

legs and part of his face.

Showings


July 10, 2017, 9 p.m.

Cinema Le Palace

9 rue de la Résistance

41 200 Romorantin-Lanthenay

August 3, 2017, 6 p.m.

Cinema Le Régent

Boulevard Philippe-Auguste

41 400 Montrichard

August 10, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Cinema Le Studio

35 rue Jules Ferry

41110 Selles-sur-Cher

Marie Curie, Woman on the

Front (2014)

Alain Brunard. France-Belgium.

Starring : Dominique Reymond,

Fanny Dumont...

In 1914, Marie Curie, armed with her ra-

diology equipment, leaves by car for the

battle of the Marne.

Followed by discussion with Marie-

Noëlle Himbert, co- scriptwriter of the

film and author of “Marie Curie. Portait

d’une femme engagée”, Actes Sud.

Showing


October 3, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

La Fabrique Normant - Auditorium

Avenue François Mitterand

41200 Romorantin-Lanthenay

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Films

The First World War was the first filmed

conflict. Barely over, movies were made of

it. Directors having been present in the

combats (Abel Gance, William Wellmann)

captured with great intensity the atrocities

of war. Sometimes they included footage

from the front, filmed by the soldiers them-

selves. The Cher Valley and Romorantin re-

gion cinemas will render homage to

American films on the Great War, starting

with the very first works (Shoulder Arms,

Wings). A German film has also been inclu-

ded to fully illustrate the extent of the atro-

city.

Shoulder Arms

(1918)*

By Charlie Chaplin (silent

film) U.S.A.

Charlie goes to war against

the Germans, where he will

become a hero, or almost…

Showings


April 10, 2017, 9 p.m.

Cinema Le Palace

9, rue de la Résistance

41200 Romorantin - Lanthenay 

May 4, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Cinema Le Studio

35 rue Jules Ferry

41130 Selles-sur-Cher

May 11, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Cinema Le Regent

Boulevard Philippe Auguste

41400 Montrichard

Wings (1927)

By William Wellmann 

(silent film) U.S.A.

Jack Powell is a young Ame-

rican who dreams of only

one thing: to fly.

Showing


June 26, 2017, 9 p.m.

Cinema Le Petit Casino

18, Place Wilson

41110 Saint-Aignan

West Front (1930)

By G.W. Pabst, Germany

Life on the front of four 

German infantry soldiers.

Showing


July 27, 2017, 6 p.m.

Cinema Le Régent

Boulevard Philippe Auguste

41400 Montrichard

All Quiet on the 

Western Front (1930)

By Lewis Milestone U.S.A.

Young German soldiers face

the horrors of the First World

War.

Showings


July 27, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Cinema Le Studio

35, rue Jules Ferry

41110 Selles-sur-Cher

August 21, à 9 p.m.

Cinema Le Palace

9, rue de la Résistance

41200 Romorantin - Lanthenay 

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Performances and Concerts

Selles-sur-Cher



Organization :

Compagnons of Philippe

de Béthune

Place : 

Château of Selles-sur-Cher

Title :

Weekend Commemorative Festival

Dates : 

July 8 -9, 2017

In addition to the exhibition on loan from

the Sologne Museum, the Compagnons de

Philippe de Béthune will commemorate the

presence of the American Remount Calvary

Camp with a festive weekend. The festivi-

ties will be held in an open air historical

place, the Château of Selles-sur-Cher whose

origins go back to the tenth century, and

was partially rebuilt by Philippe de Bé-

thune, brother of the Duke of Sully. The

history of the château is also linked to the

American Army’s presence: it had housed a

military hospital. Graffiti and inscriptions,

sometimes comical, conserved on its walls

show this history.

Program : 

- Reconstitution of an American military

camp

- Equestrian demonstration in American

military uniforms of the period (Remount

Calvary drills, “quadrille” dressage), per-

formed by the Ecuries d’Arcadia

- Simulation of a training firing session, as

a game

- Musical interludes of jazz and period

music and songs

- Festive military ambiance meal 

A representative of the American Embassy

will be present at the festivities Saturday

July 8, 2017.

Romorantin-Lanthenay



The community of Romorantin – Lanthe-

nay will participate in the commemora-

tions by enlarging the theme of the year

1917 in its entirety. 

A cultural season dedicated to historical

events and the arts will be offered to the

public.

Organization :

Multimedia Library 

Place:

Fabrique Normant Manufactory

(auditorium)

Title :

the Bearded Heart by Erik Satie –

Reading and Concert

Date : 

March 21, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Readings form Erik Satie; musical works

transposed for harp; performance by a dan-

cer who will evoke the memory of Suzanne

Valadin, and the voice of Roland Bertin,

honorary member of the Comédie Fran-

çaise.

Organization :

Multimedia Library

Title :

War and Music: Survival 1914 –

1920.  Reading and Concert

Place :

Multimedia Library

Date : 

March 25, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Reading and concert on the music of the

Great War to the 1920’s.

Organization : 

Musical Union

Title :

American Music (during the natio-

nal annual Music Festival)

Place : 

Town Hall Park

Date : 

June 17, 2017, 3 p.m.

Organization : 

Jazz in the Cher Valley and

the Romorantin – Lanthenay community

Titre :

Concert

Lieu :

Île de la Motte (in the event of rain,

the concert will be held at either the Pyra-

mid or the Fabrique Normant Manufac-

tory auditorium)

Date : 

July 23, 2017, 6 p.m.

Organization :

Romorantin – Lanthenay

Music School

Title : 

Erik Satie Parade - Concert

Place : 

Fabrique Normant Manufactory

Date :

October 2017

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Community : 

Pruniers-en-Sologne

Organization :

Air 273 Detachment, “Lieu-

tenant – Colonel Mailfert” and Airborne

Army 602 Depot

Place : 

Municipal Library, 1

st

floor

Titre :

Historical Museum of the Air 273

Detachment - Exhibition Outside the Walls

Dates : 

September 1 – 30, 2017 

The American Air Base of Pruniers-en-So-

logne occupied a place of great influence in

the building and repair of the fleet of the

American Army’s aero-naval force. It took

the logistics vocation of the GISD for aero-

nautics material and was placed under the

direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Mailfert

from 1920 – 1932. This base is one of the

first historical witnesses to the emergence

of modern warfare and still shows vestiges

of this past. A museum recalling the Base’s

history has been established.  

Because of the antiterrorist plan and the

state of emergency declared after the No-

vember 13, 2015 attacks, access to the base

was limited. Not wishing to disrupt the

exhibition, the museum’s collections have

been mounted in a community space acces-

sible to the public. This exhibition will be

an occasion to further understanding of the

Base’s history, particularly the period bet-

ween the two wars, in consulting the ar-

chives conserved at the National Archives

of the Ministry of Defence, in Vincennes.

Community :

Romorantin-Lanthenay

Organization : 

Multimedia Library and the

Human Rights League

Place : not yet announced, please consult

page 7 for organization contact

Title : 

Arms and Art – Creativity and the

Great War

Dates : 

September 1 – 30, 2017

A panorama of artworks (films, books,

paintings) on the First World War.  Exhibi-

tion by Gregory Picart of the Human

Rights League of Lens – Liévan

Community : 

Montrichard

Organization :

Friends of Old Montrichard

Place :

Hôtel Effiat

Title : 

The Americans at Montrichard

Dates :

September 11 – 23, 2017

The Sologne Museum’s exhibition will

continue with explicative panels and images

dedicated to the presence of the American

troops in Montrichard.

Community : 

Noyers-sur-Cher

Organization :

the Community of Noyers-

sur-Cher

Place :

Community Centre (Salle polyva-

lente)

Title :

the Great War Exhibition

Dates : 

11 novembre 2017

Simultaneous with the opening of the per-

manent collection dedicated to the 41

st

Di-

vision and local inhabitants engaged in the

war effort, the Noyers-sur-Cher Town Hall

will present Mr. Alvara’s exhibition the

weekend of November 11. This will allow

the visitor to see the 41

st

Division in the

context of the Cher Valley during the mili-

tary operations of the First World War.

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horses (Friends of Old Selles)

- A model of the Remount Calvary Camp 

(Model Making Club)

- Retrospective on the troops’ armament on

French soil (Selles Shooting Club)

- Artworks and portraits of American sol-

diers by elementary school children (private

and public) in Selles-sur-Cher.

Community :

Selles-sur-Cher

Organization :

Compagnons of Philippe de

Béthune and the Selles-sur-Cher Arts and

Crafts Club

Place :

Galerie Vagabonde

Title : 

Art - Another Look – 1917

Dates : 

June 27 – July 9, 2017

The members of the Selles-sur-Cher Arts

and Crafts Club will share their vision of

the art of 1917 in reaction against the war.

Communities : 

Gièvres and Noyers-sur-

Cher

Organization :

The Cher Valley and Romo-

rantin Region of Art and History

Places : 

Gièvres.

the Church Plaza, the Ville-

franche-sur-Cher Route, and the play-

ground

Noyers-sur-Cher.

the Town Hall cour-

tyard and park

Title :

The American Army in the Cher

Valley and Sologne, 1917 – 1919 - the Ge-

neral Intermediate Supply Depot of Giè-

vres/ the 41

st

Division in Noyers-sur-Cher

Date :

July 1 - December 31, 2017

The Region of Art and History wished to

highlight a photography collection from

Washington brought back by a member of

the Gièvres Remembrance Heritage and

Culture Society.  He photographed docu-

mentary photographs taken by American

military personnel between 1917 – 1919.

The originals are conserved in the American

National Archives and are unpublished at

this time. The subjects are mostly the GISD

in Gièvres and the camp in Noyers-sur-

Cher. 

It is of particular interest for this Region

of Art and History to exhibit these images

in the communities where the camps were.

The selected photographs look to show the

enormity of these two camps, both in terms

of material for the GISD, and human for

the Noyers-sur-Cher Camp. They also look

to show the technical achievement that the

construction of the second largest cold sto-

rage facility in the world after Chicago was

at the time.

In order to reach a larger public, this Re-

gion of Art and History chose not to exhibit

them in a closed space but in open air pu-

blic space. They will be reproduced on large

panels and will form a visual voyage across

the communities of Gièvres and Noyers-

sur-Cher, with the aim to raise the two com-

munities’ consciousness as well as the

visiting public to the shared history lived

here, exactly 100 years ago.

Community : 

Selles-sur-Cher

Organization :

the Community of Selles-

sur-Cher

Place :

Community centre (Salle des fêtes)

Title : 

the Great War Exhibition

Dates : 

September 1- 15, 2017

The community of Selles-sur-Cher com-

pletes the Sologne Museum’s exhibition of

the American camps by a more general

exhibition on the Great War selected from

the collection of Mr. Alvara, a private col-

lector.  Impassioned by this historic period,

Mr. Alvara assembled an important number

of uniforms and personal or military ob-

jects used during the conflict.

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A Season of Commemorative

Cultural Events



The events are listed by theme and date

Temporary Exhibitions



Community : 

Romorantin-Lanthenay.

Organization :

Town of Romorantin – 

Lanthenay / Musée Matra

Place : 

musée Matra

Title : 

It’s America at the Matra Museum!

Dates : 

April 6 – November 11, 2017

Homage to American automotive vehicles

from the early 20

th

century to the 1970’s:

Model T Fords and a Harley Davidson,

from 1917 will be on exhibit.  Photos and

witness accounts of the local inhabitants of

the Cher Valley and Romorantin explain

how the vehicles were used by the American

soldiers.  The exhibition’s scenography will

show the link between them and the Ame-

rican troops’ presence in the region.

Communities : 

Gièvres / Pruniers-en-

Sologne

Organization : 

Air 273 Detachment, “Lieu-

tenant – Colonel Mailfert” and Airborne

Army 602 Depot

Title :

Photography exhibition

Dates :

April 6 – September 1, 2017 

The American military took photographs of

the aviation camps as well as specially des-

igned and equipped automobiles in the

communities of Pruniers-en-Sologne, Giè-

vres and Romorantin – Lanthenay. Repro-

ductions of these documents were acquired

by the Sologne Museum and by the Memo-

rial Heritage and Culture Society of Giè-

vres.  The Air 273 Detachment selected

images of the aviation camp to be reprodu-

ced in large format on PVC tarpaulin.

These will be mounted on roadside fences

from Romorantin – Lanthenay to Selles-

sur-Cher in order to be seen by the passing

traffic.

Community :

Romorantin – Lanthenay

Organization : 

Tourism Office “Sologne

côté sud”

Place : 

The Fabrique Normant Manufac-

tory

Title :

The Spring of Photography

Dates :

May 20 – June 5, 2017

The 2017 edition of the Spring of Photo-

graphy will participate in the events with

notably an exhibition of photographs by

Mitch Dobrowner, American photographer,

and Mike St-Maur Sheil, as well as photo-

graphs from the Sologne Museum’s collec-

tion reserves, dedicated to the American

Army and their sports. An art project on

sports was made by the high school stu-

dents of the Lycée Professionnel de Saint-

Aignan will also be on exhibit.

Community :

Pontlevoy.

Organization :

Friends of the Museum and

Heritage of Pontlevoy Society

Place : 

Reception Hall (Foyer Rural)

Title :

The American camps in Sologne and

the Cher Valley, 1917 – 1919

Dates : June 30 – July 9, 2017 

This exhibit, created by the Sologne Mu-

seum in 2014, will be extended by additio-

nal elements that illustrate the American

troops’ presence in Pontlevoy.

Community :

Selles-sur-Cher

Organization : 

Compagnons of Philippe de

Béthune

Place :

Château of Selles-sur-Cher

Title : 

The American Camps in Sologne and

the Cher Valley, 1917 – 1919

Dates : 

June 15 – August 31, 2017 

This exhibit, created by the Sologne Mu-

seum in 2014, will be extended by additio-

nal elements that illustrate the American

troops’ presence in Selles-sur-Cher, inclu-

ding :

- Information and image panels of the

Army Remount Calvary Camp’s history.

The American Army took possession of a

French Remount Camp for their Calvary

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D i s c o v e r y   V i s i t

G i è v r e s   -   N o y e r s - s u r - C h e r



Speakers : 

Claude Chavanol and Nicolas

Xavier

Organization :

Gièvres Remembrance 

Heritage and Culture Society

Place :

Gièvres - Noyers-sur-Cher



Meeting Place :

Gièvres Church



Date :

October 8, 2017, 9 a.m.

The Gièvres Remembrance Heritage and

Culture Society invite you to visit the re-

maining vestiges of the American camps of

Gièvres and Noyers-sur-Cher  



Day long visit ; reservation required

* Annie Zwang : Les États-Unis et le monde, 



rapports de puissance (1898-1998), Ellipse Publi-

sher, 2000 ; 

Philippe Zwang : Le général Nivelle et la commis-

sion Brugère (Paris I, 1972).

Permanent Exhibitions



Community :

Gièvres

Organization : 

Gièvres Town Hall – Giè-

vres Remembrance Heritage and Culture

Society

Place : 

Library – Exhibition Hall

Date :

Inauguration October 7, 2017 

In the autumn of 2017, the municipal li-

brary and Gièvres Museum will move into

their new homes. The Gièvres Remem-

brance Heritage and Culture Society will

present the GISD’s history in a renewed

permanent exhibit;

Community : 

Noyers-sur-Cher

Organization : 

mairie de Noyers-sur-Cher

Place :

Espace d’exposition – aire de repos

des Trois Provinces

Date : 

à partir du 11 novembre 2017

On November 11, 2017, the community of

Noyers-sur-Cher will inaugurate a perma-

nent exhibition space in proximity to the

41

st

Division Memorial. The exhibit will

present the history of Noyers during the

Great War and the soldiers of the 41

st

Di-

vision in the community between 1917 and

1919.  In addition, there will be a walking

trail and a digital application that will per-

mit the discovery of the Doughboys’ carved

graffiti on the local houses.

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Fresnes

Villeherviers

Pruniers-

en-Sologne

Chémery

Couddes


Selles-

sur-Cher


Noyers-

sur-Cher


Seigy

Châtillon-

sur-Cher

Vallières-

les-Grandes

Mennetou-

sur-Cher

Lassay-


sur-Croisne

Gy-


en-Sologne

Saint-Julien-

sur-Cher

Chapelle-

Montmartin

Gièvres


Monthou-

sur-Cher


Contres

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en-Sologne

Mur-


de-Sologne

Saint-Romain-

sur-Cher

Méhers


Thésée

Villefranche-

sur-Cher

Romorantin-

Lanthenay

Feings


Saint-

Aignan


Mareuil-

sur-Cher


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sur-Cher

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Billy

Thenay


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Axe principal (main road)

Autoroute (highway)

voies ferrées (railway track)

Péage (highway toll)

Gare SNCF (railway station)



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D 954

D 2152

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A 10

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Le Breuil

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93

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10 km



Tours

Romorantin-

Lanthenay

Châteauroux

Poitiers

Blois


Le Mans

Vendôme


Orléans

Vierzon


Montargis

Nevers


Bourges

Mer


Chartres

Dreux


Paris

Alençon


D 976

Fond de carte IGN



a u t o ro u t e   ( h i g h w a y )

l i g n e   T G V   ( h i g h - s p e e d   l i n e )

l i g n e   S N C F   c l a s s i q u e   ( r a i l w a y   t r a c k )

l i g n e   I n t e r l o i r e    e t   c l a s s i q u e

( r a i l w a y   t r a c k )

Tours


Vierzon

35 km


vers gare et aéroport

vers gare

Paris

190 km


vers gares et aéroports

100 km


Pays de la Vallée du Cher

et du Romorantinais

p l a t e - f o r m e   a é r o p o r t u a i r e

( t r a n s p o r t   h u b )

A é r o p o r t   ( a i r p o r t )

Dep


uis/

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m

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m

ora


ntin

Dep


uis/

From


 Rom

orant


in

2 x 2 voies (divided highway)

r o u t e s   p r i n c i p a l e s

( m a i n   r o a d )

(

)

é c h a n g e u r   a u t o r o u t i e r

d e s s e r v a n t   l e   L o i r - e t - C h e r

( h i g h w a y   i n t e r c h a n g e )

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