The German troops who fought on the western front in France were far from home. Behind the trenches they built forest camps (Waldlager) with barracks, hospitals, cemeteries and monuments. Many of these structures were richly decorated to make the troops feeling home as much as possible. These traces of German presence can still be found today.
One of the highlights is a campsite near Bouxières-sous-Froidmont. Because this was a relative quit area at the front, German engineers had time to build bunkers with many inscriptions and mysterious names like Schreibstube, Grauer Bär and Westphalenblick. Even more impressive are the remains of forest cemeteries (Waldfriedhof) in the Vosges mountains and Argonne forest. The bodies of soldiers have been moved to larger cemeteries after the war, so all what remains are some tombstones and monuments.