Douaumont Fortress

The Douamont fort was built in the 19th century as a part of the Verdun fortified defence sector.

During the First World War, approximately 100.000 soldiers died here.

In June 1940, Fort Douaumont fell to the Germans after a brief battle. Shortly before the German capture the 155mm armoured turret was sabotaged by the French garrison.

The fort today:
It is currently a museum.

For current visiting hours, please contact the museum.

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  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: Lennard Bolijn (1,3,4,5) & STIWOT (2)