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    Verdun

    Post by swag on Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:49 pm

    Welcome and please enjoy pictures from my Memorial Day trip 2006.

    Question: How long does it take to get to Verdun?


    Answer: Not very long when you are going this fast.


    So anyway, as I was saying...Verdun. One of the stops on the tour was Fort Douaomont.







    I hope you have enjoyed the tour thus far. Stay tuned, this could be a continuing thread...

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by nkomo on Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:55 pm

    Very interesting pictures Swag. It is always nice to see some pictures of places that you read about or have heard of. Keep the pictures coming, sir!!!!
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    Re: Verdun

    Post by bond007a1 on Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:36 am

    very nice photos....YES..please keep 'em coming....Some interesting info on that Fort...

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:39 pm

    Another stop was very random. Driving along I look out the window and see some trenches and decide "I'm gonna pull over and investigate..."








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    Re: Verdun

    Post by bond007a1 on Wed Apr 08, 2009 9:51 pm

    Wow...the trenches have been WELL cared for it looks....and they did not have any signs about them? That is pretty neat stuff..to see them that well preserved...

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:01 pm

    Walking in those trenches was very sobering. And it was a quiet day, very somber.

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:16 pm

    Next stop on the tour, a large mausoleum/monument surrounded by many, many graves; the Ossuaire de Douaumont.



    The grounds surrounding the mausoleum are beautiful. It was a very peaceful day, clear skies, and a moderate wind.





    Here is something that I did not expect. Into the base/foundation of the building they incorporated large rooms, which they filled then placed thick glass so people on the outside could see into the room. The rooms are the final resting place of the bones of 130,000 unknown soldiers. Once I realized what I was staring at I was dumbfounded and unable to break away for several minutes. The magnitude of the battle came crashing into reality right there.


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    Re: Verdun

    Post by bond007a1 on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:29 pm

    WOW...looks like something from the Khmer Rouge & The Killing Fields...very very troubling....

    You take some mighty fine photos...swag....keep up the great posts...

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:48 pm

    Here's another shot from the Ossuaire Cemetery.


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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:53 pm

    Here we have a tired lion. If my memory is working, this is a monument to the British soldiers.





    I couldn't resist a candid shot with the mighty (tired) lion.




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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:19 pm

    Next stop, the monument to Andre Maginot, the designer of the Maginot Line. This thing is huge.







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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:22 pm




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    Re: Verdun

    Post by bond007a1 on Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:12 pm

    Very fascinating...yet something else I have only heard & read about but NEVER seen...WELL DONE SWAG!!!!!

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:19 pm

    Next stop on this random tour of Verdun is the official museum at Verdun. And in keeping with the randomness of the tour the next set of pictures are randomly sequenced as well.









    To be continued...

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:22 pm

    ...and so it is continued.









    Will there be more??

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:25 pm

    Of course there is! Last in this series from the museum of Verdun.








    That's it for now folks!

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by bond007a1 on Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:28 pm

    SWAG...YEAH!!!.... Very Happy As usual...FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:46 am

    And now ladies and gentlemen (and LoCo too) is the final installment of my summer vacation. The last stop is the final resting place for, IIRC, a French Regiment of infantry. These poor souls were the victim of a rather large sized artillery round that impacted right as they were lined up to go over the top. The resulting debris and dirt buried everyone in the regiment alive; the bayonets and rifle barrels sticking up out of the ground, an eerie marker to the regimental sized grave. As you will see a concrete cover was eventually erected over their final resting place and eventually, due to vandals, barbed wire was placed along the edges of the trench to help prevent further desecration of the grave. Thoughtless people had since stolen all the bayonets from the rifle tips.







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    Re: Verdun

    Post by swag on Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:50 am

    In the following photos you will see small concrete squares in the ground. Look closely and you see that the concrete is poured carefully around the barrels of rifles. Buried alive, ready to go over the top, the regiment remains.







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    Re: Verdun

    Post by bond007a1 on Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:49 pm

    WOW...THAT is pretty unerving...That reminds me of seeing the USS Arizona.....REALLY THOUGHT PROVOKING!!!
    nicely done Swag!!!!

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by memphismeister on Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:58 pm

    Awsome

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by Tuna on Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:29 am

    Very interesting trip for sure. Also very sad considering the fact of what it is. Why people have to fight and kill each other I never really understood but it is life. The bones and rifles would have been very chilling to me. To think I wasn't even going to investigate the French section, HAHA.

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    Re: Verdun

    Post by kammo-man on Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:52 pm

    Fantastic pictures !!!
    Thanks for showing them.
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