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Charles de Gaulle Bridge (1890-1970), longtime president of France. It was commemorated in the name of the bridge and a monument located in its vicinity. Both refer to the events of the Battle of Dinant, which took place from August 15-24, 1914, and was the most tragic moment in the history of the city.
During World War I, the Germans attacked Dinant, which was defended by the Belgians and the French. The first assault carried out on August 15, 1914 ended in failure. The Germans attacked again on the night of August 21-22. On August 23, they massacred civilians in the city - 674 people were killed. One of the commanders of the French forces was 24-year-old lieutenant Charles de Gaulle, who was wounded on August 15, 1914.
On the hundredth anniversary of the battle of Dinat, a monument to Charles de Gaulle was unveiled at the bridge. A life-size, realistic bronze sculpture stood where the future president of France was wounded. The author is Guido Clabota, artist and owner of the foundry plant in Dinant.