Sunset At Froideterre, Verdun

The Ouvrage Froideterre was part of the defences built around Verdun in the late 1880s. It was added to a number of times before WW1 and then re-organised when the war started in 1914. The position was defended by two twin machine-gun bunkers and a 75mm turret (seen above) along with a 75mm Bourges casemate. The position saw heavy fighting in 1916 and the ground around it smashed to pieces by shell-fire. Today it is one of a number of smaller fortifications on the Verdun battlefield that it is possible to visit and get some sense of the fighting here in 1916.

 

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