Three trails are offered in 2018:
- Fleury-devant-Douaumont, the Four-chimneys Bunker and the Froideterre Fortification in the turmoil of 23 June 1916.
- Fighting around Fort Vaux (1 – 7 June 1916).
- Fleury-devant-Douaumont and Fort Souville during the last great German offensive (11-12 July 1916).
Each trail ends with a presentation of the Douaumont Ossuary.
Memorial to the destroyed village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont, 2012. All rights reserved.
The destroyed village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont changed hands sixteen times during the fighting. It was razed to the ground – not a single house or street was left standing. In 1918, Fleury was declared a “village that died for France”. The Mémorial de Verdun was inaugurated there in 1967, on the site of the former railway station.
The Memorial stands in the heart of the “Exceptional Forest”, with the Douaumont Ossuary in the background. Photo: Jean-Luc Kaluzko, 2015.
Fort Froideterre, although little known to the general public, played a crucial role in the defence of Verdun. Built of reinforced concrete, it contained quarters for approximately one hundred soldiers and was equipped with various defensive features (observation domes, machine guns, 75 mm gun turret). This concrete gun turret provided significant firepower, which helped to repulse a German attack on 23 June 1916.