National Geographic : 1929 Nov
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE NEAR MOUZON THE 2D DIVISION FOUGHT IN THE CLOSING DAYS OF THE WAR Marching at night with a detachment of German-speaking Americans out in front to answer the challenges of enemy patrols, the Second advanced several miles into hostile territory and captured a number of prisoners, including a German headquarters staff, which they took entirely by surprise. The bowlder carved with the divisional star marks a point of their advance in the vicinity of Mouzon. © National Geographic Society Autochromes by Gervais Courtellemont FLEURY WAS AS CLOSE AS THE GERMAN FORCES CAME TO VERDUN In the spring and early summer of 1916 the flower of the German Army under the personal direction of the Crown Prince launched an attack against Verdun which for sheer weight and ferocity had perhaps never been equaled in the annals of war. On June 23 the gray-clad hosts reached the point marked by this monument at Fleury, near Douaumont, just three miles from the city, before the tide of battle turned and they were driven back.