With its Citadel and 38 forts Verdun was the most heavily fortified towns in France. Yet despite these extensive defences, many of which were by 1916 sadly neglected, the city was the objective of a major German offensive launched almost 100 years ago. The aim of this offensive – to draw in the French Army and destroy it. By the time it was finished, just over 4 years later some 400,000 men had become casualties on each side; nine villages had been wiped off the map and for miles around the woods and fields were obliterated by the storm of steel which fell across the whole area.
We begin this 3-day battlefield trip by approaching Verdun along the ‘Voie Sacrée’, the road which connects the town with Bar-le-Duc some 75 kilometres away, along which during the battle up to 20,000 men and 2,000 tonnes of munitions travelled each day. We then move on to view fortifications and memorials in and around the city; to explore one of the ‘lost’ villages; and to visit both the French National Cemetery at Douaumont and the nearby Ossuary which contains the remains of 130,000 unknown soldiers. It is the sheer scale of these places which impacts on all who visit and which remains in the memory long after.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Anglia Tours
These tours support all programmes of study and specifications covering:
War and British Society
Causes and Events of the First World War
Britain, Europe and the Wider World: 1901-Present Day
Britain at War
The Impact and Experience of war in Britain
The Changing Nature of Warfare
Warfare Through Time