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Fort Douaumont

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The largest and highest fort on the ring of 19 large defensive forts protecting the city of Verdun, France since the 1890s. Newly deployed howitzers had taken out of action several large Belgian forts, as a result, Fort Douaumont and other Verdun forts, being judged ineffective, had been disarmed and left virtually undefended. Consequently, Fort Douaumont was entered and occupied without a fight by a small German party. It set the stage for the rest of a battle which lasted nine months, at enormous human costs. Douaumont was finally recaptured.


D913D , 55100 , Douaumont , 55-Meuse , Grant Est , France

From Verdun, take D964 north. Turn right D913B. Continue straight to D913 and turn right onto D913D and then turn left in 700m to stay on D913D. The Fort will be 150m ahead.

Map reference (click on pin to see Lat/Long):

49.216735 5.439295 D913D

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