The Fort Douaumont in Verdun, France. This amazing fort full of stories from WW1 is really worth a visit if you are interested in World War 1. Its a network of tunnels with all kinds of facilities.
In a period during WW1 1400 artillery shells pr. day hit this fort or surrounding area, and you can still se the craters and trenches from the days of war.
The Germans did not manage to destroy this fort with gunpower, it had to be taken with infantery entering the fort. However, one shell had a direct hit on the fort, it was a huge 48cm shell with weight around 900kg, it penetrated the fortroof, but all the debris fell into the room, killed 7 french soldiers an sealed the fort again (Germans couldnt enter the damaged part of the fort),
At the most there were 2-3000 soldiers resting her at the same time. You can visit the inside of the fort which has a lot of tunnels, rooms and chambers.
The Germans managed to capture the fort once, but it was later recaptured by french infantery.
Around Verdun there are approx. 40 forts. But this fort was the largest with heaviest firepower. Several gunpositions with heavy guns and for smallarms can be found around and on top of the fort.
Also check this image from the same area
- Copyright: Joar Larsson Boe (JoeyNO) (356)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-06-08
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX DC, Hoya UV Filter
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): World Wars, Fort Douaumont, War Bunkers, Verdun 1916 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-06-29 6:49