Thursday, April 30, 2009

Montfaucon d'Argonne ...

... Montfaucon d'Argonne before 1914 ...

Meuse-Argonne Offensive ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also called
the Battle of the Argonne Forest, was a part of
the final Allied offensive of World War I
that stretched along the entire western front ...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Souville ...

... At Chapelle Sainte-Fine (now marked by an impressive fallen-lion
monument memorial to the 130th Division), the Germans reached
the limit of their march towards Verdun on 12 July 1916.
Although fighting continued for several months more in this area,
the defense of Verdun virtually ceased. It was only a matter of time
when the French would go on the offensive ...
source: vahs.org - verdun american high school

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vaux-devant-Damloup ...

French villages destroyed in the First World War ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... a testament to these villages which had “died for France”,
as they were declared, and to preserve their memory...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Douaumont ...

... some white violets ...

French villages destroyed in the First World War ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... a testament to these villages which had “died for France”,
as they were declared, and to preserve their memory...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Douaumont ossuary ...

Douaumont ossuary ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
The tower is 46 meters high and has a panoramic view
of the battlefields.
The tower contains a death-bell,
Bourdon de la victoire,
which is sounded at official ceremonies
and the lantern of the dead

which shines on the battlefields at night.
The cloister is 137 meters long and contains 42 alcoves

Friday, April 24, 2009

Beaumont-en-Verdunois ...

French villages destroyed in the First World War ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... a testament to these villages which had “died for France”,
as they were declared, and to preserve their memory...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Haumont-près-Samogneux...

French villages destroyed in the First World War ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... a testament to these villages which had “died for France”,
as they were declared, and to preserve their memory...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Duzey ...

... site of the 'Long Max Cannon'
a very long range German cannon
This was one of four 'Max' cannons
located in the area north of Verdun.
(click on photo to enlarge)...

... handling of the cannon ...
The gun was classified as a 38L/45;
the 38 refers to the caibre or diameter of the gun,
at 38 cm or 380 mms, and 45 was the useable length
- 45 times the calibre, at 17.1 metres long.
This was originally a naval gun,
intended for a battleship which was never completed.

The breech of the gun alone weighed over 2 tons,
with the entire construction being over 200 tons.
Three officers and 70 marine gunners operated
as a special unit to fire the gun,
and were commanded by Captain Shulte.
source: ww1battlefields.co.uk/verdun/north.html

... copy of a shell ...
Each shell weighed 750 kg, and they were
transported by small carriages on tracks.
When the gun was fired,
a fifteen metre long flame came from the muzzle,
and the noise could be heard from miles around.
source: ww1battlefields.co.uk/verdun/north.html

... Tunnels 80 metres long were constructed
to make workshops where the charges were prepared,
and 120 kg of powder in a round meant
that the shell could travel the 25 km to Verdun.
A higher charge of 183 kg would enable the shell
to reach the French support lines, over 20 miles away....
source: ww1battlefields.co.uk/verdun/north.html

Langer Max / the 'Long Max Cannon' (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... The first salvo from two of these guns
commenced the first massive German artillery
bombardment during the Battle of Verdun...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cloye ...

... Chapel Sainte Ernelle (1874)
on the site of the disappeared village Cloye (1636) ...
Sainte Ernelle/Saint Reineldis, ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
...was a saint of the 7th century, martyred by the Huns.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Montmédy ...

... distant view of the citadel of Montmédy ...

... the drawbridge ...


... in the St. Martin's church (17th century)...

... the organ (17th century) ...

... citadel wall and moat ...

... growing on the wall ...
Corydalis solida - Fumariaceae
(EN also NL-FR-DE)
by kuleuven-kortrijk.be
EN: fumewort, bulbous corydalis - NL: vingerhelmbloem
FR: corydale solide - DE: Gefingerter Lerchensporn

Citadel of Montmédy ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... Buildings, including a church,
dating back to the 17th century

can be found inside the citadel itself;
it still is used as a place to live...

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