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WWIDouaumont (Village Détruit)

Douaumont in the Meuse department was completely destroyed during WWI. Douaumont was part of the front lines during the Battle of Verdun. Before the war the village had a population of 288. Today the village has a population of under 10.

The village fell to the Germany army on March 6th, 1916 and was retaken that same year on October 24th. The village was strategic, it's on the heights above Verdun and had a fort - Fort de Douaumont. The fort also fell to the German's in 1916 but and was retaken at the same time as the village.

As with other destroyed villages, there are markers where buildings once stood and outlines of some streets can be found. The only structure standing in what was the village center is a chapel. Near the destroyed village is the Douaumont Ossuary and the Fort de Douaumont. There is a path between Douaumont and the Fort de Douaumont.

Douaumont is off the D913 road and marked as Douaumont - Village Détruit.

Village sign.

Once street in Douaumont.

Village map.

Chapel.

Location of village hall and school.

Bomb craters.

Where buildings once stood.

Once home of Onésime Paquin - mason.

Once village fountain.


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