From Verdun to Romagne: French and US troops

Colonne motorisée américaine, Esnes, 1918. Collection BDIC

Colonne motorisée américaine, Esnes, 1918. Collection BDIC.

In partnership with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), the Verdun Memorial presents a discovery trail devoted to the battles fought on the left bank of the Meuse between 1916 and 1918, from the battle of Verdun to the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

This study day will start with an introductory visit to the Verdun Memorial focusing on the battles that took place on the western side of the river.

Participants will then be taken by coach on a route from the battlefield of Verdun to the American cemetery at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon. Firstly, the battles of Mort-Homme and hill 304, in 1916-1917, will be described on site. After the lunch break, visitors will discover the various stages in the advance of the US army between 26 September and 14 October 1918 as part of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, with evocations of the conditions at Malancourt, Montfaucon, Nantillois and Cunel. The day will end with a presentation by the ABMC of the Romagne-sous-Montfaucon cemetery and its interpretation centre.

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Nicolas Czubak. Photo : droits réservés.

Nicolas Czubak. Photo: rights reserved.

Nicolas Czubak is a history and geography teacher seconded to the Memorial’s Learning Resource Centre, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Verdun Memorial – Battlefield. He is a member of various associations promoting the history and heritage of the Great War and a guide and lecturer at several First World War sites and author of a series of works on the Great War. These include Bis zum Ende, Jusqu’au Bout. Août-September 1914 : la Lorraine bascule dans la guerre, Éditions Serpenoise, 2013 (co-authored with Kévin Goeuriot) (Sergent Maginot Prize 2014), Les Éparges – Die Combres-Höhe (1914-1918), Français et Allemands face à face sur les Hauts de Meuse, Dacres éditions, 2014 (co-authored with Pascal Lejeune) (selected for the Erckmann-Chatrian Prize History Scholarship in 2015), La guerre aux portes de saint-Mihiel – Fort du Camp des Romains – Fort de Liouville – Forêt d’Apremont, Ysec Editions, 2016.


€5 (payable on site on the day).
Booking recommended, using the form here.
Provide own packed lunch.

Further event

A repeat of this day is planned for 30 June 2018.