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The Battle of Verdun (World War 1)

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Private Tour Guide in Belgium

  • Locations

    Verdun, Grand Est, France

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    €440 EUR per trip
  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged with guide

  • Starting Location

    Verdun

  • Price Includes

    My guiding services

Highlights

  • Visit Bois des Caures, where Colonel Driant opposed the German Army on February 21st, 1916.
  • Stand at the Trench of the Bayonets
  • Pay respects at The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
  • Tour the Fort of Douaumont

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Trip Info

A French lieutenant at Verdun who was later killed by an artillery shell wrote in his diary on 23 May 1916:
“Humanity is mad. It must be mad to do what it is doing. What a massacre! What scenes of horror and carnage! I cannot find words to translate my impressions. Hell cannot be so terrible. Men are mad!”

An estimate in 2000 found a total of 714,231 casualties, 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties for each month of the battle. It was the longest and one of the most costly battles in human history; other recent estimates increase the number of casualties to 976,000. (source: Wikipedia)

300 days of continuous fighting, 60 million shells fell on a small area of only 20 km2, more than 300 000 deaths, French and German, nearly 400,000 wounded … These figures show the intensity of the Battle of Verdun. Trenches, communication trenches and shell holes are still visible. Many military cemeteries and ruins also remember this tragic history.

Full Day Tour

#1 The Battle of Verdun – the apocalypse from 21 February 2016 to 19 December 2016
Out of Verdun

The Bois des Caures and Colonel Driant
Beaumont – one of the destroyed villages
Nine villages around Verdun will be completely destroyed and never rebuilt: Beaumont, Bezonvaux, Cumières, Douaumont, Fleury, Haumont, Louvemont, Ornes, Vaux.
Douaumont :
. The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
. The Fort of Douaumont
. The Trench of the Bayonets

#2 – Private Guided Tour To The Sites On The Left Bank Of The Meuse And The Sites Around Douaumont – WWI
Out of Verdun

Cumières-le-Mort-Homme (Destroyed Village)
Chattancourt (reconstructed trench)
Le Mort-Homme Memorial site
Esnes-en-Argonne (local museum)
Cote 304 Memorial
Butte de Vauquois (site of violent mine warfare)
Verdun (quick lunch)
Douaumont:
. The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
. The Fort of Douaumont
. The Trench of the Bayonets

#3 – Private Guided Tour Combining The Battle Of Verdun (1916) And The Meuse-Argonne Offensive (1918) – WWI
Out of Verdun

The Bois des Caures and Colonel Driant
Beaumont – one of the destroyed villages
Dun-sur-Meuse – Pershing Bridge
Romagne-sous-Montfaucon – Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Montfaucon d’Argonne – Montfaucon American Monument (and Pennsylvania Monument)
Verdun (quick lunch)
Douaumont:
. The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
. The Fort of Douaumont
. The Trench of the Bayonets

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Private Tour Guide in Belgium

I offer various tour packages to help people explore and discover the lesser known parts of Belgium. Visit citadels, historic castles, villages and spectacular landscapes.

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