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Tuesday, 26 October 2004


This is the site of the former village of Douaumont, which was destroyed in the initial German assault in 1916.  At the time the village had 288 inhabitants (11 men died as combatants in the First World War).  The chapel at the bottom of the road marks the site of the original village church. There used to be houses on each side of this road (and the road leading to it, off picture). The site of each house is now marked with a wooden placard listing the family name, and occupation of each house. 

On the second Sunday of every year the former inhabitants, their decendants, and friends of the village gather for a memorial in the chapel. 

It is believed that the village was occupied since Roman times. The name derives from the Latin words for “Divine Mountain”. Douaumont is the highest land in the vicinity of Verdun.  It is one of 9 villages that were destroyed in and around Verdun in the First World War.

Posted by bigblue on 26/10/2004 at 12:38 AM
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