Trip Start Mar 02, 2009
20Trip End May 25, 2009
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It took 30,000 shells and direct target hits. We crawl into forts that are restricted but with Ben's knowledge we see what the men lived like in reality before touring the "museum" fort Vaux that has been recreated for tourists. Mike and the kids take turns crawling up into a turret that still contains 2 75 mm guns, no breaches in the abandoned fort.
One can iimagine the hell. We compare this to Fort Vaux which is sterile and clean. We see the Verdun Museum which is an excellent source of information and has collections from the ruins. The tour of the ostuarie of Verdun made me cry for the mothers who lost not one son but their whole families, villages. The crosses row upon row speak volumes and I was shocked to learn each one has 4 bodies of very young soldiers. Ben makes sure we see the real bones beneath the ostuary which can e seen thru plastic windows around the base of the ostuary. Very moving and creepy compared to the beauty of the gardens and the cemetary. Ben notes correctly that the tourists aren't shown these piles of bones but they shold be part of the "tours" as they truly speak to the history of this war.
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Where I stayed
Ben Agostini's home