Two days in Verdun

1. Douaumont :  The ossuary

The ossuary of Douaumont for the bones of the dead, which could not be identified after the Battle of Verdun. The remains of more than 130,000 unidentified French and German soldiers are kept in it.

 

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2. Le Fort de Douaumont

The fort was part of the outer line of defense of the fortress from the 19th century, which consisted of eleven forts and 23 intermediate stations. The fort was built from 1885 to 1913 in two expansion and conversion steps in the overall concept of General Séré de Rivières. Today, about 200,000 people a year visit the Fort and the nearby Douaumont Ossuary and the military cemetery of Verdun. Fort de Douaumont was the largest and highest fort on the ring of 19 large defensive forts protecting the city of Verdun since the 1890s. Construction work started in 1885 near the village of Douaumont on some of the highest ground in the area. Over subsequent years, the fort was continually reinforced until 1913.

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3. Memorial de Verdun (1914-1918)

The Verdun Memorial is a war memorial to commemorate the Battle of Verdun, fought in 1916 as part of the First World War. It is situated on the battlefield, close to the destroyed village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont in the département of Meuse in north-eastern France.

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By Annalena Geiger, Melinda Genc (9b) and Quentin Defontaine (2nd 4A)

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