Each year, 500,000 visitors come to see the historical sites and memorials to the Great War in the Meuse.
The département divides into 5 large historical zones covering 1914-18, around the town of Verdun, Capital of the Great War.
There were 300 days and 300 nights of combat without a break, 300,000 dead and missing, 400,000 French and German wounded... The Battle of Verdun in 1916 was a frontal assault.
In September 1914 the first combats broke out in the Argonne Forest. This fixed-position war lasted until 1918, with the huge Franco-American offensive launched towards Sedan.
The German offensive in September 1914 towards the Verdun fortress, contained by the heroic resistance at the Fort de Troyon, did lead to the taking of Saint-Mihiel.
The Voie Sacrée was the only road linking the front at Verdun with the rear (Bar-le-Duc). It was along this road that the Battle of Verdun was supplied with men (2,400,000) and munitions for 10 months.