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The AISNE (French: ) is a river in northeastern France
France
. It is a left tributary of the Oise
Oise
. It gave its name to the French department of Aisne
Aisne
. It was known in the Roman period as AXONA.

It rises in the forest of Argonne , at Rembercourt-Sommaisne , near Sainte-Menehould
Sainte-Menehould
. It flows north and then west before joining the Oise
Oise
near Compiègne
Compiègne
. The Aisne
Aisne
is 356 kilometres (221 mi) long. Its main tributaries are the Vesle
Vesle
, the Aire and the Suippe
Suippe
. Three bitter battles of World War I
World War I
were fought into the Aisne
Aisne
valley.

CONTENTS

* 1 Places along the river

* 2 Navigation

* 2.1 En route

* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

PLACES ALONG THE RIVER

Departments and towns along the river include:

* Meuse * Marne
Marne
: Sainte-Ménehould * Ardennes : Vouziers
Vouziers
, Rethel
Rethel
* Aisne
Aisne
: Soissons
Soissons
* Oise
Oise
: Compiègne
Compiègne

NAVIGATION

The river Aisne
Aisne
was a commercial navigation as early as the Gallo-Roman period, and rafts were floated from a long distance above the present limit of navigation at Vailly-sur- Aisne
Aisne
until the mid-19th century. Canalisation works were begun in 1836, at the same time as construction of the Canal lateral à l\' Aisne
Aisne
. The canal was completed first, in 1841, then two years later the river navigation . Commercial traffic in péniches carrying 220 tonnes is still active, while recreational traffic is mainly private boats. The waterway is 57 kilometres (35 mi) long, from the river Oise
Oise
to the junction with the lateral canal, and has 7 locks. Through the lateral canal, it links with the Marne
Marne
and the Canal de la Meuse .

EN ROUTE

The kilometre distances continue the numbering from Canal latéral à l' Aisne
Aisne
from east to west.

* PK 51.3 is the end of the Canal latéral à l\' Aisne
Aisne
* PK 64.5 Villeneuve-Saint-Germain * PK 67 Soissons
Soissons
* PK 79 Fontenoy * PK 85 Vic-sur- Aisne
Aisne
* PK 92 Couloisy * PK 104.5 Choisy-au-Bac * PK 108 junction with Canal latéral à l' Oise
Oise
upstream of Compiègne
Compiègne

SEE ALSO

* Rivers of France
France
* List of Canals in France
France
* Canal latéral à l\' Aisne
Aisne
* Chemin des Dames
Chemin des Dames
* Battle of the Axona

REFERENCES

* ^ Sandre . "Fiche cours d\'eau (H1--0200)". * ^ A B Edwards-May, David (2010). Inland Waterways of France. St Ives, Cambs., UK: Imray. pp. 90–94. ISBN 978-1-846230-14-1 . * ^ Picardie, Waterways Guide No. 20. Castelnaudary, France: Editions du Breil. 2014.

EXTERNAL

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