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  1. Verdun : The Village of Fleury devant Douamont

    Just imagine a village of 400 people with stones made houses and church and before the rolling thunder of shells falling on them
    And now here is the village

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    Shells hole, and trees
    This village and 8 others have been declared Dead for France, and it has been decided to plant trees
    but you will always see the shells holes, even after one century.
    From June to August 1916 the village changed hands 16 time
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  2. Verdun : The Hospital fortified battery

    Verdun in the French defensive strategy was a fortified area, with fortress like Vaux see previous posts
    but there was too prepared and fortified artillery positions like the one I post here

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    The picture under shows the entry of the Battery laboratory (preparation and test of ammunitions
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    Theses caves are the barracks for the gunners, but the destructions are due to German guns direct hits
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    Here under, the inside of the rest room and at the ...
  3. Verdun : Inside the Fort de Vaux

    My first stop in this pilgrimage was for the Fort de Vaux.
    During the Verdun Battle the assault against the fort occured from June 1st up June 7th

    Let's havea look inside the fort, the quality of this picture is not perfect but it gives you the reality of the inside of the fort, moisty, dark cold, during the battle there was odors of powder, gas, death and other ones!!!

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    This picture shows Fort sleeping room

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ID:	33630 Here is the infirmary of the fort
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  4. May June 1940 Heroes Myths and Legends

    MAY-JUNE 40 CAMPAIGN
    ITS MYTHS, HEROES & LEGENDS.
    ITS CONSEQUENCES



    Thanks to AlanP for his help in translating my Frenglish to pure English


    1. INTRODUCTION


    Just over 65 years ago, on June 18 1940 , an almost unknown General, the future hero of a ravaged France , made a call to French resistance on the BBC. This was in stark contrast to Marshal Pétain, hero of Verdun , who had the day before announced on French Radio to an incredulous and stunned France that the combat had to cease. Pétain, who five years ...

    Updated 21 Jun 11 at 14:40 by jlbetin

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