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    Given what we in this country read during WWI's early years about battles like Verdun and the Somme, it's no wonder we wanted to stay out of that war until the Germans basically gave us no choice.

    In 1980 my military history professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Jim Leutze, took us on a tour of Europe, especially to visit WWI and WWII battlefields. We stayed in Verdun for a couple of days and like you, MK, we toured the battlefield sites, including both Fort Douamont and Fort Vaux, the cemetery and the Tranchee aux Bayonettes.

    Also like you, I found the cemetery a very peaceful place--but was definitely spooked by the German entombment at Fort Douamont, and by going through its catacombs. As well as by the Tranchee. One little marble stone memorial stuck in the wall at Fort Vaux caught our eyes: (In French) "To my son. Since your eyes closed mine have not ceased to cry."

    Thanks a bunch for this diary, MK. Good to see someone  else's reaction to the site of that battle.

    "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."--George Santayana

    by GainesT1958 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:46:55 AM PST

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