Location where Hitler was stationed
Hitler was stationed in Ardooie in the summer of 1917. He made a drawing of the church of Ardooie. Where he lived at is unknown, although there have been speculations about it. Another part of the regiment was stationed at Koolskamp. Historian Thomas Weber writes about this period that the regiment was resting and that it had a good time, but also that there wasn’t enough food and water for the troops.
Hitler’s drawing of the church of Ardooie, made in 1917
The church of Ardooie in 2009 (picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)
There’s a WW1 war monument in front of the church.
(picture: the Hitlerpages, 2009)
House where Hitler was said to have been stationed
Location: Markt 18, opposite to the church, in 1940 known as Markt A317
Today: Still there
Hitler was said to have been stationed here in the first world war. He was also said to have been visiting this house in Ardooie on June 1, 1940. Both statements are not true. Read more about this here.
Locations of the Regiment Staff in August-October 1917
Location: All three villages are in the Alsace, south of Mulhouse
In August-October the batallions of Hitler’s regiment are stationed in a quiet area of the front in Germany (France today). The batallions are stationed near Mulhouse (Alsace) in the villages: Landser, Habsheim, Brunnstatt, Eschenzweiler, Dietweiler, Hochstatt, Zillisheim, Barmweiler and Oberspechdach (Spechdach-le-Haut). The regiment staff is in Schlierbach, Galfinge and Hochstatt. On September 17 Adolf Hitler is decorated in Hochstatt, for being woonded in combat.
Hitler’s whereabouts from September 30 - October 17
Location: Exact locations unknown
From September 30 until October 17 Adolf Hitler and Ernst Schmidt are on a leave. They go sightseeing in Brussels, Köln, Leipzig and Dresden. After that Hitler goes to Berlin and Schmidt goes to Wurzbach.
Area of Hooge
Location: Meenseweg (going towards Ieper it’s right before the Bellewaertsestraat)
Today: Remains of the first World War are still there.
Hitler's regiment was in this area in July of 1917. The regiment was located in Terhand. Hitler and the regiments staff are at a so called ‘Bretterhütchen’ for one night. After that the regiment headquarters were at the Polygon Woods. The regiment history says that messengers like Hitler travelled between Hooge and the Polygon Woods in this period. The Polygon Woods were behind the German line.
Douai weergeven op een grotere kaart
Location: West of La Bassée
According to Adolf Meyer Hitler had to bring messages (from and) to the regiments staff that was located west of La Bassée.
Route Hitler took to bring messages
Location: The road between Canteleux and La Bassée
Today: Rue de Canteleux
According to Adolf Meyer Hitler had to bring messages to the regiments staff that was located west of La Bassée. He had to take the very dangerous road between La Bassée and Canteleux, what must be the Rue de Canteleux now. The front line was west of it: at Givenchy les La Bassée and Chuinchy. Meyer met Hitler here, at the Canteleux Unterstand, when he was on his way to the front line. The Rue de Canteleux can be found back at the map of the La Bassée area.
Location: Canteleux - Rue de Canteleux
Today: Rue de Canteleux
According to Adolf Meyer Hitler had to bring messages to the regiments staff that was located west of La Bassée. He had to take the very dangerous road between La Bassée and Canteleux, what must be the Rue de Canteleux now. The front line was west of it: at Givenchy les la Bassée and Chuinchy. Meyer met Hitler here, at the Canteleux Unterstand, when he was on his way to the front line. The Rue de Canteleux can be found back at the map of the La Bassée area.
Polygon Wood / Polygonebos
Location: Northeast of Geluveld, inbetween the Oude Kortrijkstraat, the Lotegatstraat and the Lange Dreve. On the Lange Dreve is the Polygon Wood Cemetery. On the other side of the highway A19 is the recreational domain Nonnebossen.
Today: The woods and some bunkers are still there. On the edge of the wood is the Polygon Wood Cemetery.
The regiment headquarters are said to have been at the Polygon Woods. Hitler must have been there. A Bretterhütchen (a wooden shack) is mentioned as a temporary shelter for the headquarters for one night before that. The regiment also fought at the ‘Nonneboschen’. The map below shows the front line on July 31, 1917.
Historian Thomas Weber writes that right before the English attack that was going to take place, two of the three batallions of the List-regiment were taken back from the front. The second batallion and the regiment headquarters, including Hitler, were not that lucky. Before they were taken out of the fight, they had to endure the attack of the British Army. Weber nuances the statement of Adolf Meyer (Hitlers fellow messenger) that they nearly escaped death.
A map of the Chemin des Dames in April-May of 1917
(© Sheffield, 1914-1918, Het Westelijke Front in de Eerste Wereldoorlog)
Location: Place de la Marie
Today: Still there
After the Battle magazine found out the picture of Hitler in front of a church shown here was made in front of a church in Montbavin. The picture was made in 1940. Why the church was important to Hitler, is not known. Reading Adolf Meyers book I found out that Hitler's regiment was in this area at the end of October, 1917.
Hitler in front of a church in Montbavin
(picture: Heinrich Hoffmann)
The church is still there
(pictures: the Hitlerpages, 2009)
Hitler rejoins the regiment after a leave
Location: Exact locations unknown. The villages are east of Laon.
After Adolf Hitler had spent half a month in Germany, he came back to France on October 17/18. The regiment was stationed near Villers at several locations from October 15 until 19. The regiment history doesn’t say where the regiment headquarters were, but the batallions are located at:
Batallion 1: lager Asfeld la Ville
Batallion 2: Proviseux (Proviseux-et-Plesnoy)
Batallion 3: Villers (Villers devant la Thour)
On October 19 the regiment marches to the region of Ebouleau.
Location: Exact locations unknown. Adolf Hitler was at Ebouleau.
Adolf Hitler’s regiment was replaced to the region of Ebouleau on October 19. The regiment headquarters and the batallions are located at:
batallion 1: Pierrepont
batallion 2: Goudelancourt (Goudelancourt les Pierrepont)
batallion 3 and regiment staf: Ebouleau
On October 23/24 the regiment was replaced to the Chemin des Dames.
Vivaise, Besny (Besny-au-Loizy), Aulnois (Aulnois-sous-Laon), Faubourg de la Neuville de Laon
Location: Exact locations unknown. The villages are northwest of Laon.
On October 23 or 24 Hitler’s regiment went to the Chemin de Dames. The regiment was located at the places:
Vivaise, Besny (Besny-au-Loizy), Aulnois (Aulnois-sous-Laon), Faubourg de la Neuville de Laon. (The location of Faubourg is unknown, it might be a part of Laon now.)
Molinchart, Montbavin, Montarcène
Location: Some exact locations are known. The villages are southwest of Laon.
On October 25 or 26 Hitler’s regiment was at Molinchart, Montbavin and Montarcène.
The regiment went to Molinchart. The Regiment Staff was located in a hole in the mountains of Montarcène and after that at the Plesnoy-Ferme. For Molinchart I could not find any information about Hitler’s presence.
Gercy, Houry, Prisces, Gronard, Burelles and Laon
Location: The villages are northeast of Laon.
The regiment stays at the Chemin des Dames for the winter 1917/1918. They find shelter at: Gercy, Houry, Prisces, Gronard and Burelles. Christmas 1917 was spent on a farm near Laon.