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Fleury devant Douaumont:

Monument for the fallen people in 1914-1918.

Monument aux Morts de 1914-1918.

Fleury-devant-Douaumont is a commune in the Meuse department in Lorraine in north-eastern France. Since the end of the Battle of Verdun in 1916, when it had been captured and recaptured by the Germans and French 16 times, it has been unoccupied (official population: 0).

During the war, the town was completely destroyed and the land was made uninhabitable to such an extent that a decision was made not to rebuild it. The area around the municipality was contaminated by corpses, explosives and poisonous gas, so no farmers could take up their work. The site of the commune is maintained as a testimony to war and is officially designated as a "village that died for France." It is managed by a municipal council of three members appointed by the prefect of the Meuse department.

Before the war Fleury was a village of 422 that produced agriculture and woodworking. Today, it is a wooded area next to the Verdun Memorial. Arrows guide visitors to where the street and houses used to be.

Information: Wikipedia

Taken: 27-08-2012

  

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Taken on August 27, 2012