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In the footsteps of the Battle of Verdun

Follow in the footsteps of the French Forces as they battle to hold back the German Army onslaught at Verdun in February 1916. Begin with exploring the frontline defences as Colonel Emile Driant's 56th and 59th Chasseurs ...


The Battle of Verdun


Follow in the footsteps of the French Forces as they battle to hold back the German Army onslaught at Verdun in February 1916. Begin with exploring the frontline defences as Colonel Émile Driant's 56th and 59th Chasseurs Reserve Battalions strive to hold the advancing German infantrymen as they roll forwards. Then explore the network of defensive forts including Fort Douamont, the impregnible Fortress. Pay your respects at the many memorials, the Douamont Ossuary and French Cemetery.

On 21st February 1916 the German Army launched a massive attack on French forces in the Verdun sector. During the German assault Colonel Émile Driant’s Chasseurs held the line valiantly for two-days buying time for their countrymen further back towards Verdun. They bought time for the Frenchmen in the Verdun Forts to prepare an effective defence, but at what a price.

To read an account of Lieutenant Colonel Émile Driant, Commander of the French 56th and 59th Chasseurs Reserve Battalions on 21st February 1916 during the battle visit our In the footsteps of Lieutenant Colonel Émile Driant page.

Verdun Locations

Join one of our expert guides on a tour to the battlefields of the Battle of Verdun, follow the battle and see how it developed.

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