Today you will have a full day to explore the Left Bank & the Argonne of the Battle of Verdun.
Vauquois Hill, on which the village of Vauquois was situated, was a natural observatory bitterly disputed by both French and Germans. It was the scene of desperate trench fighting and ruthless mine warfare, to which the enormous craters bear eloquent witness. A remarkable network of galleries were dug inside the Hill in order to mine underneath the opposing positions and wipe them out.
Varennes-en-Argonne, site of the Pennsylvania Memorial, was profoundly marked by the Great War but is better known for an major event in the history of the French Revolution, the arrest of Louis XVI on 21 June, 1791.
A very heavy price was paid by American troops under the orders of General Pershing in the great Meuse-Argonne offensive of September 1918. The American Military Cemetery at Romagne, with almost 15,000 graves, bears witness to their sacrifice.
The American Memorial, which stands close to the ruins of the church of Montfaucon, is an impressive tower, 58 meters high, crowned by a statue representing Liberty. It bears witness to the involvement of the Doughboys of the First American Army in the Meuse.
Hill 304 OR the Mort-Homme
The murderous fighting which took place between French and German troops on the Left Bank of the Meuse is among the worst in the whole of the Battle of Verdun. Hill 304 and the Mort-Homme, two high points dominating access to Verdun, were the scenes of shelling and hand-to-hand fighting of unprecedented ferocity.