Douaumont, Village Détruit

Verdun 1916

The Battle of Verdun was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. It was a battle between the German and French armies north of the French city of Verdun. In 1916, the western front was turned into a hopeless trench warfare. The German army wanted to break the deadlock. Their strategy was to attack the French army in a region where they knew the French would defend it till the end. The French army would eventually bleed to death. They chose the historically important fortified city of Verdun on the river Meuse.

On February 21, 1916 the German army launched their offensive on the east bank of the Meuse with a devastating bombing of the French positions. The few French soldiers who survived the bombing defended their positions fiercely. The German offensive was initially a success and within a few days they conquered the important Fort Douaumont. Months of devastating bombings, gas attacks and barbaric man-to-man fights became a nightmare for both armies. After the capture of Fort de Vaux the German army made a last attempt to reach Verdun. Fort de Souville had to be conquered to gain access to the city. During this attack the German troops could see the city from the top of the fort before they were pushed back.

The German offensive had failed. The German army was gradually forced back, and in December the French army had recaptured most of the lost territories. 300,000 soldiers were killed and 500,000 wounded during the battle.

Abri de Combat DV4

Abri de Combat DV4

Bois de Fumin, 2015

Abri de Combat DV4

Abri de Combat DV4

Bois de Fumin, 2015

Fort de Douaumont

Fort de Douaumont

Observation post on the roof of the fort

Douaumont, 2013

Ouvrage de Thiaumont

Ouvrage de Thiaumont

Remains of a completely destroyed fortification

Douaumont, 2013

Ouvrage de Thiaumont

Ouvrage de Thiaumont

Douaumont, 2013

Fort de Souville

Fort de Souville

The main entrance gate is one of the few remains of the fort

Massif de Souville, 2013

Fort de Souville

Fort de Souville

Inside the only remaining Caponnière

Massif de Souville, 2015

Abri de Combat TD3

Abri de Combat TD3

Near Fort de Douaumont, 2015

Abri de Combat DV3

Abri de Combat DV3

Bois Fumin, 2015

Batterie

Bois de la Laufée, 2017