Le Mort-Homme

A note: the location name “Mort-Homme” (Dead Man) doesn’t come from an event of the Battle of Verdun, but was the name of this hill long before. This memorial was built by the veterans of the 69th French Infantry Division in 1922 and is a work of the sculptor Jacques Froment-Meurice.

It represents the skeleton of a soldier, with a flag and the flam of victory. Below, this inscription: “Ils n’ont pas passé” (they didn’t pass), a clear reference to the “Ils ne passeront pas” (they shall not pass”) used during the Battle of Verdun by French General Robert Nivelle.



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