TracesOfWar needs your help! We miss photos of important sights in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Submit your photos to and it will be published!

Liberation Memorial Metz

This monument is situated on the Place d’Armes, close to the cathedral Saint Etiène. It’s in remembrance of the liberation of the city of Metz on November 22nd, 1944 by the XX Corps of General Patton’s Third Army. The text is as follows:

“Le 22 novembre 1944
En ces lieux, le general Walker commandant le XXeme Corps D’armee de la troisième armee Americaine du General Patton, remit aux autorites Francaises la villa de Metz liberee par ses troupes.

J’espere et je crois que la ville de Metz sera a jamais le symbole des relations amicales qui ont toujours existe entre nos deux pays - Walton H. Walker.”

“November 22nd, 1944
On this place general Walker, commander of the XX Corps of the Third Army of General Patton, transferred the city of Metz, which was liberated by his troops, to the French authorities.

I hope and am convinced the city of Metz will be a symbol of the friendship, which has always existed between our countries - Walton H. Walker.”

Do you have more information about this location? Inform us!


  • Text: Kevin Prenger
  • Photos: Coen Prenger