Western Front Pt 4, Verdun.

This was the final day of are tour and a busy one it was. We first started with a trip to Vauquois where we saw the remains of where a whole village was blown off a hillside following tunnelling operations by both the German and French troops.

This is where the village church once stood.

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These stones were at the entrance to one of the German trench tunnel sections….spokey

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Picture of the village before the war.

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The list of damage caused by some of the mines plus the crater.

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The Mrs in the trenches, there are a few re-constructed trench as this site.

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This site was unbelievable, the damage that was caused is just horrific plus the distance between was no more then about 50 paces in some places….just crazy.

On a trip to are next stop and lunch we pass through one village that had a Sherman tank at its war memorial……..just had to take a picture ;o).

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Are stop was at Romagne where we visited a lovely small museum run by a local Dutch farm and his family, most of the items found in the museum have come from the local area, he also a small shop where you can purchase artefacts……I really wanted to buy a German helmet but the boss put her foot down :o( but I was aloud to purchase a spike from a Early War German Pickelhaube helmet :o).

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After lunch we went off to the huge US Cemetery at Meuse-Argonne which is the largest American cemetery in Europe.

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There are 15,000 graves at this site, a real sombre place.

We were then off to Verdun where are first stop was at the Fort of Douaumont.

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Part of the internal corridors.

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Craters on top of the fort.

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We then moved onto Fort Vaux.

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View from the main gun pit.

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Are final stop of the trip was the French Ossuary at Douamoumont.

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Well that’s that, it was a great trip, are tour guide and coach drivers were brilliant and I’ve got to recommend Leger Holidays for run such a good tour.

Cheers, Steve.

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2 Responses to Western Front Pt 4, Verdun.

  1. Matt says:

    Steve,

    Really pleased that you had such a good time. The reports are brilliant. The pictures really speak for themselves. It’s really only by visiting these places that you can get some sort of sense of the scale of sacrifice and the achievements of those who took part.

    Managed to get away for our trip to Ypres (see blog) although things went a bit pear shaped in the days before. Hey ho.

    Look forward to catching up soon for a game of something. Do you know yet if you can make it along for the Sunday after Legionary?

    Cheers

    Matt

  2. lurkusspleen says:

    Hi mate,
    Yes a very enjoyable holiday and the real surprise was Trace really enjoyed herself as well, so much so she is happy at looking into doing it again in a few years time, this time at the Somme :o)

    The Sunday after Legionary should be fine now mate, got clearance from the boss and not working now :o).

    Cheers, Steve.

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