Researchers use GIS, GPS to find French battlefield site

Researchers use GIS, GPS to find French battlefield site

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Researchers have discovered a site in France, they believe to be the battlefield where U.S. soldier Alvin C. York and a few other soldiers captured an entire company of German soldiers during World War I. Thomas Nolan, director of the R.O. Fullerton Laboratory for spatial Technology at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), U.S. led the research team, which located the battlefield site near Châtel-Chéhéry, France recently on March 8, according to a release issued by MTSU. Nolan and his team used GIS, GPS and historic maps to locate the actual location of the engagement. The exact location of the battle has been disputed for decades. The team unearthed cartridge casings and several German grenades at the site. According to the university’s release, French officials are considering creating a park at the site.