Verdun-sur-Meuse Travel Guide
North from the 75mm turret at Fort...
Looking to fort front -observer's cupola...
75mm turret and observer's cupola...
Northeast machine gun turret and...
Having gone through Fort Vaux we chose not to see the insides of this also cave-like fortress. From the top were still visible craters from the battle nearly 90 years earlier. It is hard to capture the feeling you get as you wander these sites and think of the men who fought...
Ils ne passeront pas
In a famous quote French General Henri-Philippe Petain said about the Germans...Ils ne passeront pas: They shall not pass. And now the statue on Mort Homme,,, Ils nont pas passe: THEY DID NOT PASS. But obviously at such great cost.Quoted from the website listed:"Mort Homme...
An important town of the 9th to 13th century, you can tour the 1000 year old Romanesque cathedral atop the old city. Other glimpses of medieval grandeur can be found in the old gates and vestiges of the old city walls.
The Meuse River has always been an important part Verdun. Boats connect the City to seaports in both Holland and Belgium via a canal and lock system. There are two main quays - the London Quay is lined with cafes where you can sit out along the river.
Atop the ruins of an old blockhouse is a Franco-American memorial remembering six companies of the 69th RI who vanished defending the villages of Haucourt and Malancourt during the initial German assaults on Cote 304 of early April 1916. The area was retaken by men of the US...
Cote 304 was attacked late in March and early in April after the initial assaults on le Mort Homme had been stopped. The Germans eventually would reach the summit on 29 June 1917, but the French would retake the hill on 24 August. The monument remembers the French units...
LE MORT HOMME
In March 1916, the Germans enlarged the field of battle from just the right bank of the Meuse to the left, attacking the French first here at Le Mort Homme and later at Cote 304. They were able to take the top of the hill after a month-long battle but were unable to push on...
MONUMENT TO COLONEL DRIANT
LTC Emile Driant was a conservative deputy from Nancy. He was a graduate of the French military academy of St Cyr, but since he was married to the daughter of the slightly infamous General Boulanger, he was barred from high command in the Army. As such, he became a writer as...
TRANCHEE DES BAIONETTES
Just to the west of Fort Douaumont and the Ossuary, the Tranchee des Baionettes is to be found. Here waited a group of French poilu - soldiers - in a tench during a particularly heavy German bombardment. When the shelling was over, there was nothing to be found of the...
Built between 1875 and 1877 as a masonry fort similar in design to Douaumont, Souville was partially modernized in 1888. This fort was one of the forts making up the inner ring around Verdun – Douaumont and Vaux were on the outer ring. On 11 July 1916, the Germans launched...
RELIGIOUS MEMORIALS AT DOUAUMONT
The main Ossuary building commemorates the Catholic faith. Three other faith memorials were planned for, but only two have been completed. The Jewish Memorial was finished in 1938 and is to the left of the Ossuary parking lot. On the right side is a new – since 2006 – Muslim...
Le Coq Hardi, Fancy: Better than review I read
The upscale restaurant is in the lobby of the hotel across from the check in desk. My with and I were tired since we had been up for about 36 hours so we decided to treat ourselves to a nice meal. We were not dressed up at all just slacks and a shirt but that was no problem...
Verdun memorial: On site restaurant
Although I have no address or photo, I distinctly remember that there is a simple restaurant on the area of the war memorial/war cemetery as described in my Things to Do tips.So you don't need to worry about not bringing food and drink.
Danger de mort
Certain areas are blocked off and you'd be wise not to trespass when seeing these sites. They are military sites and it is forbidden to enter. Possibly there are still bombs and mines in the area, that's why the warning states: Lethal danger.
In the forests and countryside about 15 km northwest of Verdun is the village of Montfaucon - Mountain of Falcons. High on the hill lies the old ruined village - the newer town rebuilt below and to the west. Towering 200 feet above the ruins is a tall Doric column topped...
The ruined village of Montfaucon dates back to the 6th century and there have been many battles in the area through the millenia. The town suffered repeated pillage in the Hundred Years War and was destroyed twice in the 16th and 17th centuries. Medieval ruins can be visited...
AMERICAN CEMETERY AT ROMAGNE-SOUS-MONTFAUCON
26 miles/42 km northwest of Verdun is the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the largest American military cemetery outside the US. The cemetery is 7 miles/11 km north of the Montfaucon Monument. Here lie 14,246 Americans killed - mostly dying in the last and largest American...
GRAVES FROM LONG AGO
Each of the dead has his own headstone, a Star of David for those of Jewish faithe and a Latin cross for all others. 14,246 of whom 486 are unknown lying here. World War I did not leave the same effect on the American pysche as it did here in Europe. Most Americans today are...
Rues et quai piétons
Entièrement rénové depuis peu, le cœur de ville présente un mélange harmonieux de tradition et de modernité. La plupart des rues sont piétonnes ou présentent de larges espaces, bordés d’arbres, dédiés aux promeneurs et aux cyclistes. Les parkings sont situés en proximité...
Musée de la Princerie
Hôtel particulier du XVIème siècle présentant de belle collections...Musée d’art et d’Histoire, qui ressuscite le passé de la ville en présentant son histoire à travers des vestiges de la préhistoire au XXème siècle.
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