The Bois des Caures

This memorial, built in 1922, pays homage to lieutenant-colonel Driant and his men of the 56th and 59th bataillons de chasseurs, who were among the first victims of the Battle of Verdun (22 February 1916).

Lieutenant-colonel Émile Augustin Cyprien Driant wad was a French nationalist writer, politician (he was Deputy of Nancy), and army officer. He was the first high ranking casualty of the Battle of Verdun.

His body was buried by German troops with full military honours. He was re-interred by the French where he fell in the Bois des Caures, where a memorial now stands to him and his men. On this monument, this statement: Ils sont tombés, silencieux sous le choc, comme une muraille” (They fell, in silence under the shock, like a wall”).



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