• Short Summary

    JUNE 1916 ... THE FIRST WORLD WAR IS DESPERATELY FOUGHT IN FIELDS, VILLAGES AND CITIES?

  • Description

    JUNE 1916 ... THE FIRST WORLD WAR IS DESPERATELY FOUGHT IN FIELDS, VILLAGES AND CITIES OF A EUROPE DEPRESSED. IN FRANCE, THE FORTRESS OF VERDUN - ONE OF THE MAIN BARRIERS ON THE WEST-BOUND ROAD TO PARIS - IS THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE GERMAN CAMPAIGN.

    AND THE FAILURE TO SECURE IT HAD A FAR-REACHING INFLUENCE ON THE COURSE OF THE WAR. VERDUN WAS AN IMPORTANT TOWN IN ROMAN TIMES ... AN IMPORTANT PLACE, TOO, FOR CHRONICLERS OF THE FIRST OF THE MAJOR WARS. THE BATTLES IN THIS REGION OF NORTH-EASTERN FRANCE WERE MOMENTOUS.

    JUNE, 1961...PEACE AMONG FORTIFICATIONS OF A KIND THAT MAY NEVER BE ENCOUNTERED IN A GLOBAL WAR AGAIN. AT THIAUMONT, THE TRENCHES WHERE NEW WERE WIPED FROM LIFE ARE OVERGROWN. RELICS OF WAR REMAIN: LIKE HALF-BURIED SHELLS, THE "TRENCH OF BAYONETS", THE BARBED WIRE, THE RUINED TURRETS AND FORTIFICATIONS THAT WERE TAKEN - AND RE-TAKEN- MANY TIMES.

    A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY IS THE FORT OF DOUAUMONT, THE SCENE OF EARLIEST VIOLENT GERMAN ATTACKS. A GRIM REMINDER OF THE MEN WHO DIED IS THE OSSUARY THERE - IT SHELTERS THE REMAINS OF 130,000 UN-NAMED SOLDIERS. LIGHTED CANDLES FLICKER NEAR THE HONOUR BOARDS TO REMIND THE VISITOR, SO TO SPEAK, THAT THEIR GALLANTRY CAN NEVER BE PUT IN THE SHADOW.

    FROM THE BONES AND IRONICAL INSCRIPTIONS LIKE "PAX" (PEACE) ONE CAN THEN VISIT THE NATIONAL CEMETERY AT DOUAUMONT. THE BODIES OF 70,000 FALLEN ARE BURIED THERE... AND CHAPELS PROVIDE A HELPFUL HAVEN FOR FATHERLESS FAMILIES WHO COME TO DO HOMAGE.

    FOR ITS PART IN THE BATTLES, VERDUN - CAPITAL OF AN ARRONDISSEMENT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MEUSE - RECEIVED THE CROSS OF THE LEGION OF HONOUR, AS WELL AS ALLIED DECORATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA58KP6BOPFXVARSNUOUASHJF7H
    Media URN:
    VLVA58KP6BOPFXVARSNUOUASHJF7H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/06/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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