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Douaumont (French pronunciation: ​[dwomɔ̃]) is a former commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the new commune Douaumont-Vaux.[2]

Douaumont
Location of Douaumont
Douaumont is located in France
Douaumont
Douaumont
Douaumont is located in Grand Est
Douaumont
Douaumont
Coordinates: 49°13′15″N 5°25′56″E / 49.2208°N 5.4322°E / 49.2208; 5.4322Coordinates: 49°13′15″N 5°25′56″E / 49.2208°N 5.4322°E / 49.2208; 5.4322
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentMeuse
ArrondissementVerdun
CantonBelleville-sur-Meuse
CommuneDouaumont-Vaux
Area
1
6.14 km2 (2.37 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
7
 • Density1.1/km2 (3.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
55100
Elevation240–395 m (787–1,296 ft)
(avg. 380 m or 1,250 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The village was destroyed during World War I. Today the Douaumont Ossuary, which contains the remains of more than 100,000 unknown soldiers of both French and German nationalities found on the battlefield, stands high above the landscape.

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Douaumont FortEdit

 
Douaumont Fort – General view

The construction work for Fort de Douaumont started in 1885 and the fort was continually reinforced until 1913. The fort is situated on some of the highest ground in the area. At the very beginning of the Battle of Verdun (February 1916) and due to French unpreparedness, the fort was easily captured by a small German raiding party. Douaumont was later recaptured by the French army in October 1916, after major casualties on both sides.

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  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 19 December 2018 (in French)
  • "Douaumont.Vérité et Légende", Alain Denizot,1998,Librairie Académique Perrin,ISBN 2-262-01388-8.
  • "Fort Douaumont" (Revised edition), Christina Holstein, 2010, Pen and Sword Books Ltd, ISBN 978-1-84884-345-5 .

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