The monument of Vauquois


I had published about one year ago two posts about the destroyed village of Vauquois (France, Meuse) (this one and this other one).

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This post is most specifically dedicated to the monument you can find where the village was. At the top of the Butte stands the “Memorial to the Combattants and Dead of Vauquois”, a monument inaugurated in 1925: a poilu looks east towards Verdun, a rifle in one hand, a grenade in the other. Behind him is a representation of the blasted tree that served the French as a range marker for artillery. Tucked into the rock lies a sleeping tunneller, forever at rest above the hell that once was his, and what is now an enduring reminder of a hidden conflict.

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