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), Wim Hilderson (2)