The battle of Verdun 21st February 1916 – 19th December 1916
On February 21st in 1916, the German army sets off his major offensive against Verdun. This date marks the beginning of a nightmare for all French soldiers. The “hell of Verdun” (l’Enfer de Verdun) will last 10 months; 300 days and 300 nights of ceaseless and murderous battles.
The fort of Douaumont
Rebuilt several times and equipped with the most powerful artillery rooms of the epoch, it is considered to be the centerpiece of the fortification ring protecting the city of Verdun in 1914.
The Ossuary of Douaumont
This Ossuary of Douaumont, symbol of the battlefield of Verdun, is a private building, founded by the bishop of Verdun Monseigneur Ginisty with the help of General Valentin and Madame de Polignac, war widow, to give a tomb to the non-identified soldiers fallen on the battlefield.
Argonne combat zone for US troops
The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, jointly launched by U.S. and French forces on the Western Front in front of the Argonne Forest east of Verdun in late September 1918, comprised one of the key offensives of the war and by the armistice had successfully driven north up the west bank of the Meuse to the Belgian border.
Montfaucon American Monument
The World War I Montfaucon American Monument is located seven miles south of the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial and 20 miles northwest of Verdun, France.
It consists of a massive granite Doric column, surmounted by a statue symbolic of liberty, which towers more than 200-feet above the war ruins of the former village. It commemorates the American victory during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during the period
American cemetery Romagne
Within the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 130.5 acres, rest the largest number of our military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246. Most of those buried here lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. The immense array of headstones rises in long regular rows upward beyond a wide central pool to the chapel that crowns the ridge. A beautiful bronze screen separates the chapel foyer from the interior, which is decorated with stained-glass windows portraying American unit insignia; behind the altar are flags of the principal Allied nations.