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Reims and the Chemin des Dames

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In my last post, you saw the cultural and natural surroundings of Reims. Today, I’ll show the city from a completely different point of view: that of World War I. According to Wikipedia, In France, the Chemin des Dames (literally, the “ladies’ path”) is part of the D18 and runs east and west in the département of Aisne, between in…

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The Roger Raveel Walk – The French Military Cemetery

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Most of the military cemeteries I have visited before are usually located outside a village or a town. This French Military Cemetery is situated in the heart of Machelen-aan-de-Leie. It is almost completely surrounded by houses. Although Machelen-aan-de-Leie is quite small, it took the Germans 12 days to conquer it during World War I. 600 French soldiers lost their lives and…

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The Roger Raveel Walk – The Monument and The Tree

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Before we came to Machelen-aan-de-Leie, I had never heard about the place. And when you arrive there, it is hard to imagine that such a small village has a lot to offer when it comes to history, culture and nature. One of the first interesting stops on the Roger Raveel Walk is situated in the Dorpsstraat. In the middle of…

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Creepy Travels – Ornes

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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

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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

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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

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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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