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Creepy Travels – Ornes


We continued to Ornes. This was actually one of the biggest villages that was destroyed during the Battle of Verdun. The history of Ornes goes back to the 11th century and in the 19th century it had more than 1300 inhabitants. A the moment that World War I started about 700 people lived here. One of the main sources of…

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Creepy Travels – Bezonvaux


The next “village détruit” was Bezonvaux. About 150 people lived here at the time of the Battle of Verdun; none of them survived. The village was simply completely destroyed; all that is left now are some objects and a lot of craters, which are overgrown with trees and grass. Historians have succeeded though in recreating a couple of the main…

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Creepy Travels – Vaux-devant-Damloup


We quickly found village number 3, Vaux-devant-Damloup. The difference with the former two villages is that this one was rebuilt after World War I. The number of inhabitants is quite low though: only about 70 people live here. At the edge of the village there is a small monument that refers to the Battle of Verdun that meant the end of…

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Last Trip of 2012 – La Tranchée des Baïonnettes


Our next stop was at this (in)famous monument. Is it reality? Or a legend? Or maybe a mix of both? I found some information on this website: History intermingles with legend concerning the Tranchée des Baionnettes. On the 12th of June 1916, this entrenched position was a part of the terrain forming a salient west of Fort Douaumont which the…

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Creepy Travels – Douaumont


Our next stop was Douaumont. The village completely disappeared on 24 October 1916 during the infamous Battle of Verdun. Nowadays less than a dozen people live in the neighborhood. Just like in the former village, the main road was reconstructed and arrow signs showed where the stores, farms, etc. were located. The fact that they also added the names of the…

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Creepy Travels – Fleury-devant-Douaumont


Our main goal of the second day was to visit the 9 “villages détruits”. These were 9 villages that were completely destroyed during World War I: During the First World War, specifically at the time of the Battle of Verdun in 1916, many villages in the French département of Meuse were destroyed by the fighting. After the war, it was decided that the land previously occupied by the…

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Last Trip of 2012 – Verdun Memorial


Even if you have been following our blog for only a couple of months, you might have noticed that Lars and I are interested in World War I. It’s not because we are interested in wars itself, but rather the consequences of it on the daily life of people living in the war-zones, on the fate of the soldiers, on borders,…

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