The Battle of Verdun (World War 1) Private Guided Tours

  • Battle of Verdun & Meuse-Argonne Offensive Private Guided Tours
  • Destroyed Village
  • Douaumont
  • Douaumont
  • Fort of Douaumont
  • Driant in Bois des Caures
  • Bois des Caures
  • trench
  • trench
  • Butte de Vauquois
  • Chattancourt reconstructed trench


On February 21st in 1916, the German army sets off his major offensive against Verdun. This date marks the beginning of a nightmare. The “hell of Verdun” (l’Enfer de Verdun) will last 10 months; 300 days and 300 nights of ceaseless and murderous battles. 

The concentration of so much fighting in such a small area devastated the land, resulting in miserable conditions for troops on both sides. Rain combined with the constant tearing up of the ground turned the clay of the area to a wasteland of mud full of human remains. Shell craters became filled with a liquid ooze, becoming so slippery that troops who fell into them or took cover in them could drown. Forests were reduced to tangled piles of wood by constant artillery-fire and eventually obliterated. The effect on soldiers in the battle was devastating, many broke down with shell-shock and some French troops attempted to desert to Spain, those who were caught being shot. On 20 March French deserters disclosed details of the French defences to the Germans, who were able to surround 2,000 men and force them to surrender. Many troops at the battle never saw an enemy soldier, experiencing nothing but artillery shells and many troops on both sides called Verdun "Hell".

A French lieutenant at Verdun who was later killed by an artillery shell wrote in his diary on 23 May 1916:
"Humanity is mad. It must be mad to do what it is doing. What a massacre! What scenes of horror and carnage! I cannot find words to translate my impressions. Hell cannot be so terrible. Men are mad!" 

An estimate in 2000 found a total of 714,231 casualties, 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties for each month of the battle. It was the longest and one of the most costly battles in human history; other recent estimates increase the number of casualties to 976,000. (source: Wikipedia)

300 days of continuous fighting, 60 million shells fell on a small area of only 20 km2, more than 300 000 deaths, French and German, nearly 400,000 wounded ... These figures show the intensity of the Battle of Verdun. Trenches, communication trenches and shell holes are still visible. Many military cemeteries and ruins also remember those tragic memories.

#1 - Private Guided Verdun Battlefield Day Tour (WWI) - Price: 440,00 EUR

The Battle of Verdun - the apocalypse from 21 February 1916 to 19 December 1916

Out of Verdun

The Bois des Caures and Colonel Driant
Beaumont - one of the destroyed villages
Nine villages around Verdun will be completely destroyed and never rebuilt: Beaumont, Bezonvaux, Cumières, Douaumont, Fleury, Haumont, Louvemont, Ornes, Vaux.
Douaumont :
. The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
. The Fort of Douaumont
. The Trench of the Bayonets

Some pictures of this tour are available on Google Photos

#2 - Private Guided Day Tour to the sites on the Left Bank of the Meuse and the sites around Douaumont (WWI) -  Price: 440,00 EUR

Out of Verdun

Cumières-le-Mort-Homme (Destroyed Village)
Chattancourt (reconstructed trench)
Le Mort-Homme Memorial site
Esnes-en-Argonne (local museum)
Cote 304 Memorial
Butte de Vauquois (site of violent mine warfare)
Verdun (quick lunch)
The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
The Fort of Douaumont
The Trench of the Bayonets

#3 - Private Guided Day Tour Combining The Battle of Verdun (1916) and The Meuse-Argonne Offensive (1918) - Price: 440,00 EUR

Out of Verdun

Dun-sur-Meuse - Pershing Bridge
Romagne-sous-Montfaucon - Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Montfaucon d'Argonne - Montfaucon American Monument (and Pennsylvania Monument)
Verdun (quick lunch)
. The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
. The Fort of Douaumont
. The Trench of the Bayonets

#4 - Private Guided Day Tour Combining the area behind the German Lines And The French Side Of The Battle Of Verdun - Price: 440,00 EUR

Out of Verdun

Behind The German Lines:
- The Duzey Canon (some picture here)
- The Marguerre Camp (some pictures here)
- The Gincrey Canon & Exhibition (some pictures here)

The French Side:
- The Destroyed Village Of Fleury-devant-Douaumont
- The Douaumont Ossuary & Cemetery
- The Fort of Douaumont
- The Trench of the Bayonets
- The Maginot Monument (Patrols Behind The German Lines, The Unknown Soldier, The Maginot Line)
- The Faubourg-Pavé Cemetery (The Other Seven Unknown Soldiers)

#5 - Private Guided Day Tour to The Battlefield of The Saint-Mihiel Salient - Price: 440,00 EUR

This tour, out of Verdun, via the Voie Sacrée (Sacred Way), will lead us to:

- The Tranchées de la Soif (some pictures here)
- The Montsec American Memorial (some pictures here)
- The Saint-Mihiel American Cemetery (some pictures here)
-  The French Cimetière du Trottoir and mine craters at Les Eparges (some pictures here).

Additional 1

Verdun is a Human Slaughterhouse / Apocalypse WWI by American Heroes Channel

Additional 2

Herewith some pictures of the scars, taken at Douaumont: Ossuary, Cemetery, the Fort, shell holes, trenches, shelters, the Trench of the Bayonets, the Destroyed Villages of Douaumont & Fleury-devant-Douaumont.


Thierry HOUBA

Private Tour Guide in Belgium

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