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Fleury, Verdun

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Battlefield · Military Museum
Gain a first-hand experience of the destruction caused by World War I at Fleury. Before the war, this site was a thriving village of several hundred residents, but when the Battle of Verdun began in 1916 it was completely abandoned. In the months that followed, the village transformed into a battlefield--constantly shelled, captured, and re-captured--until not a single building or street remained. The ground was contaminated by poisonous gas and unsuitable for farming. Instead of being resettled, the village today stands as an eerie reminder of the horrors of war. Follow the signs to the spots where houses used to stand and gaze over the fields where thousands of soldiers lost their lives. Consider visiting the memorial museum nearby, which is dedicated to the battle. Note: the site is temporarily closed until 2016 for renovations to mark the battle's centennial. Work out when and for how long to visit Fleury and other Verdun attractions using our handy Verdun trip planner.
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  • The only thing left from this tiny village is its streetplan now converted to paths among littele signs pointing out the location of the buildings. The rest is completely obliterated, a very sobering....  more »
  • It's hard to imagine that Fleury, once a thriving French village, nestled in an idyllic setting, was completely obliterated during the Battle of Verdun by German artillery during the First World War.....  more »
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