National Geographic : 1929 Nov
© National Geographic Society Autochrome by Gervais Courtellemont THE FIELD OF VERDUN EVER WILL REMAIN A MONUMENT TO THE VALOR OF FRANCE For nearly a year this extensive area on the right bank of the Meuse was the scene of titanic conflict. The Germans attacked again and again with reckless disregard for human losses and the French put every ounce of a strength born of desperation into repulsing them. Inthe distance isthe Douaumont monument, surrounded by a vast cemetery where lie thousands of those unknown heroeswho "barred theway toVerdun." Near by is the so-called "Trench of Bayonets" where a French detachment was buried by a bursting shell and never disinterred. Their bayonets still protrude above the ground, grim reminders of their tragic fate.