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Carotio
08-13-2007, 04:29 PM
Hi,

I thought these photos may be interesting for some of you, CaptainCox in particular, since he was there this summer as well...

Anyway, I have 47 photos to show!

29 photos are from the trenches museum

18 from Verdun Memorial including Fort de Douaumont

I have done the descriptions to the pictures underneath every picture, places above!


The trenches museum

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01121.jpg
Our guide, a 10 year old lad knowing his history very well!
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01122.jpg
A look over the trenches
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01124.jpg
The luxurious version: wooden floor. Most of the time it was mud
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01125.jpg
The post office
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01127.jpg
Officer quarter, with heat oven
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01129.jpg
Officer quarter, the bed
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01130.jpg
The phone lines
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01131.jpg
To remove water and mud
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01132.jpg
Machine gun
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01136.jpg
Field hospital
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01137.jpg
Anyone up for an injection?
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01138.jpg
Medicine supply dog

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Carotio
08-13-2007, 04:30 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01141.jpg
Info about war and area
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01142.jpg
Map of the area
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01143.jpg
Don't remember
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01144.jpg
Don't remember, laundry maybe
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01145.jpg
Officer quarter
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01146.jpg
Officer quarter
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01147.jpg
Kitchen
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01148.jpg
Cafe
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01149.jpg
Soldiers bedroom
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01150.jpg
Soldiers equipment to heat coffee and such
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01151.jpg
Fireplace to get warm
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01152.jpg
Don't remember

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Carotio
08-13-2007, 04:30 PM
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01155.jpg
Stuff dug up from the earth
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01156.jpg
Stuff dug up from the earth
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01160.jpg
Stuff dug up from the earth
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01161.jpg
Stuff dug up from the earth
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01165.jpg
Stuff dug up from the earth

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Carotio
08-13-2007, 04:31 PM
Verdun Memorial

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01170.jpg
War museum, we didn't have time to enter...
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01171.jpg
Battlefield covered with trees
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01172.jpg
The Jewish memorial for Verdun, actually left in peace during 1940-1944 by the Germans
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01173.jpg
The Memorial seen from the road
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01179.jpg
Close up, look through a window, human bones, very morbid to look at...
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01183.jpg
One side of the field in front of the Memorial, covered with crosses...
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01188.jpg
Inside the tower, french line in english:
This tower has been offered to the great fallen people of Verdun by their friends of USA
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01190.jpg
The chapel inside the Memorial
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01191.jpg
The Muslem memorial for Verdun - apparently some Turks may have fought for Germany at Verdun, since they were allies back then. Can any Turkish members confirm that?

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Carotio
08-13-2007, 04:31 PM
Fort de Douaumont - situated just next to the Verdun Memorial

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01193.jpg
Poster showing the area of the battlefield of Verdun
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01194.jpg
Poster showing the fortress
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01196.jpg
CaptainCox, you see? My photo is made at the same angle as yours. A little funny that we were the same place this summer...
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01200.jpg
Poster at the entrance of the inside of the fortress. Sadly my group hadn't the time to enter here neither...
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01201.jpg
Outside the fortress
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01203.jpg
On top of the fortress
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01210.jpg
On top of the fortress
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01230.jpg
Outside the fortress
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01231.jpg
Outside the fortress


That's it! I hope you enjoyed watching these photos! It's a sad part of our history, but important never to forget these events!!!!

Carotio
08-13-2007, 04:45 PM
One last one,

me with a rusty old German helmet...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y288/Carotio/DSC01164.jpg

VikingGrandad
08-13-2007, 05:36 PM
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Excellent photos Carotio. Thank you for sharing them all.

Coincidentally I have been reading about WW1 battles recently.

Indeed Verdun was a particularly tragic battle. After 10 months of fighting, the French won back the ground they initially lost to the Germans - a stalemate for the loss of a quarter of a million French and German dead.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/1242c7ac.jpg

The German defeat was partly due to much of their resources being relocated. They moved their guns to take part against the British and French armies' new diversionary offensive - at the Somme.

Exactly 28 years (to the day) after the end of the Battle of Verdun, only a few miles to the north, the Battle of the Bulge began.

Celeon999
08-14-2007, 12:49 AM
Great pics thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif


Ive collected some pics from Verdun...... Not everyone might like to look at them but i think its necessary to get a picture of what the battle at Verdun meant to all who fought there

Verdun had many nicknames like : Bloodpump, Bonemill and Gas-hell due to the excessive use of chemical weapons. First chlorine gas and later more sophisticated gases like phosgene and diphosgene which could etch their way through the filters of gasmasks.

This soldier wears a rather rarely seen REAL gasmask (pure high-tec back then)

Most soldiers had no masks at all. They just had simple cotton mouse-nose filters (mainly self-made ones) like you can buy in every homecenter today.

Others used wet-towels. It took long before decent gasmasks could be produced in adequate numbers. On both sides.
http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/9673/duitsemitrailleurgroepvaa5.jpg



http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/3721/verdun13ov5.jpg

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/5141/germandeadatverdunuu0.jpg

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/9687/verdun11op5.jpg

Recon pic of a fort before an artillery bombardement

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/1727/beforelqc0.gif


After the bombardement

http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/6016/afterlzg6.gif

http://img45.imageshack.us/img45/5225/glzd9.gif


To proof that not only Verdun looked like this

http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/2050/ilro6.gif

http://img370.imageshack.us/img370/6331/cemetrylxx5.gif

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/429/gassedlaa7.gif

Realjambo
08-14-2007, 03:21 AM
Fascinating photo's Carotio - Thanks for sharing them! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Messervy
08-14-2007, 10:34 AM
Thank you Carotio.
Great job! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Backdraft57
08-14-2007, 06:47 PM
Thanks both for the pics. Celeon's remind me of when I was a child. My grandfather was a minister and I was at his church one day. A WW1 vet came in to talk to my grandfather holding several items.
They went into his office and talked/prayed for a while. When the man come out he left the items on the desk (perhaps riding himself of his demons?)
The only one I specifically remember was a photo album filled with pictures of the war. My grandfather asked me if I wanted the items, but the photo album was full of gruesome pics somewhat like Celeon's. The pics scared me and I said no. The items were thrown away. Sheesh, I wonder what it all was and sure wish I hadn't been so young as to be scared (about 6-7).
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Celeon999
08-15-2007, 01:43 AM
And that are even the less gruesome ones http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Verdun was really hell on earth.

@ Carotio

The memorial is for the muslim soldiers of the french army who died at Verdun. These were mainly from the french colonies in Morocco, Senegal, Algeria ,Tunisia and Madagascar.

Ottoman soldiers did not participate in the battle of Verdun. (Just looked for that)

Ive stumbeled upon this pic

The founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal in a trench during the battle of Gallipoli (North-west Turkey) in ww1.

Many refer to him as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. (Atatürk is not part of his name but means : Father of the Turks)

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/3680/kemalataturkfs1.jpg