How to come
Rue Lazare Ponticelli - 77100 Meaux
Phone : 01 60 32 14 18
09.30 to 6.00, open throughout
Closed Tuesdays, 1 May, 25 December.
Annual closure from January 8 to January 19
Full price : €10
Reduced price : between €5 and €9 (On presentation of proof)
Discover the first months of the war through a presentation on the uniforms and materials used in 1914, during the movement war.
Uniforms from 1914
In this impressive space, we’ve gathered uniforms from the start of the month from French, German, Belgium and British soldiers. They illustrate the first Battle of Marne. On 5 September 1914, the Germans are on Paris’ doorstep and the Allies are mobilised to defend the capital. The battle happened on a 300km front going from Senlis to Verdun. Totally surprised, the Germans retreated. It’s the Marne victory!
The type AG Renault taxi
This vehicle is a symbol of the Battle of Marne part of which took place in Meaux. On 6 and 7 September, on the order of General Gallieni, around 600 Parisian taxis were requisitioned to send reinforcements to the front. The men, infantry soldiers from the 103rd and 104th infantry regiments, got in them, 4 or 5 to a vehicle to go to Villemonble and Gagny to arrive near the combat zones in Nanteuil-le-Haudouin and Silly-le-Long. Even though the numbers concerned remain modest compared to the scale of the battle and most of the troops joined the front by the railway, taxis quickly become a symbol of French fight and national enlistment which lead to victory.
Item acquired thanks to the support of the G7 company.
Blériot XII-2 plane
With its 10 meters wingspan and its maximum speed of 110 km/h, the two-seat Blériot XI-2 monoplane is one of the first military aircrafts in the world. It comes from the aircraft with which Louis Blériot crossed the Channel in 1909. In the first months of the war, it was used for observation and reconnaissance. Overall, twenty-one French, British and Italian squadrons will use them. These aircrafts will be abandoned quickly in favour of more robust planes which were better adapted to new military aeronautical missions.
Museum of Air Warehouse and Bourget space
The 1897 75mm gun model
The 75mm gun is an item made by the French army during the beginning of the war. This unparalleled material marks a decisive step forward in the design of the field gun. In fact, thanks to an elastic link which neutralises the item’s recoil which allowed it to increase the rate of fire. Very powerful, the 47mm gun is considered as a “jack of all trades” by French strategists. But these qualities are hidden by its limits and quickly, it seemed unsuitable in the face of heavy German artillery and trench warfare.
Item donated to the museum by the Artillery Museum in Draguignan
ADDRESS AND CONTACT
Rue Lazare Ponticelli,
Lat : 48.971432 Long : 2.904724
Telephone No. : 01 60 32 14 18
09.30 to 6.00, open throughout
Closed Tuesdays, 1 May, 25 December, January 1st
Annual closure from January 8 to January 19, 2018
Full price: €10
Reduced price: between €5 and €7 (On presentation of proof)