French local history – October 2019

The memorial chapel to a lost village at Fleury-devant-Douaumont in Meuse

The last earthly remains of villages that died for France - The Connexion recounts the history of nine Meuse villages that were destroyed in the First World War, but live on in French memory

Nine villages in the Meuse were totally destroyed during the Battle of Verdun. They are Villages Mort Pour la France.

Like other communes in France, they still have entry and exit signs.

They still have a mayor, who is chosen by the prefect and is responsible for the ceremonies that are still held there and for the upkeep of the site.

What these villages – Beaumont-en-Verdunois, Bezonvaux, Cumiè ...

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