Vauquois Travel Guide

  • Mine craters atop the Vauquois
    Mine craters atop the Vauquois
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  • Narrow gauge rail cars used inside the Vauquois
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    Monument and Tricolore at Vauquois 2 more images

    by mtncorg Written Jul 4, 2009

    The monument is dedicated to those who fought and died here, with a lantern atop the monument. At the base is a poilu with a dead comrade in a trench. The monument was dedicated by French President Poincare in 1926. The French flag flies from a spot that used to be on the main street in the village. Another marker shows where the former location of the parish church was.

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    German tunnel in the Vauquois 3 more images

    by mtncorg Written Jul 4, 2009

    The tunnel system created by both sides was extensive. There was room up here for some 2,000 soldiers – 800 French with 150 engineers and 1,200 Germans with 320 pioneers. There is almost 5 kilometers of tunnels with 184 large rooms, three observation posts, four blockhouses which can be visited the first Sunday of the month on one of the guided tours.

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    Looking across the craters from German trench 4 more images

    by mtncorg Written Jul 4, 2009

    Trenches faced off each other across from the mine craters. The French ones are not as well-preserved as the German. When the US 35th Division captured the Vauquois on 26 September 1918 they did so by first retreating out of their trenches – the same ones held formerly by French soldiers – and then inundating the top of the hill with artillery fire and gas shells. They then attacked around the sides of the hill mopping up the top of the hill later in the day.

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