Douaumont
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Douaumont

Fort and village to the north of the fortress of Verdun. The fortress of Verdun had been further secured by many forts on the surrounding hills. The largest and most important of these protective forts was the one at DouaumontIn existence since 1885, the original complex had been continually reinforced during the 1890s. Among other measures were additional concrete ceilings, up to 2.50 m thick. The fort had a turret for a 15.5-cm gun, with retractable observation tower. It had been prov…

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Krumeich, Gerd, “Douaumont”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 21 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0166>
First published online: 2015



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