Meuse is synonymous with the First World War. From 1914 to 1918, from the Argonne to the Saint-Mihiel Salient and from Vauquois to Les Eparges, the whole of Meuse was in the front line during the Great War. And among all the battlefields, the largest is world-famous - Verdun. The Battle of Verdun was so fierce that it became the mother of all great battles in the 20th century. Europeans, Africans and Americans fought in Meuse. Hundreds of thousands of young men died here. Many of them were buried ; many were never found.
Meuse was martyred and disfigured. Dozens of villages and towns suffered irreversible damage. Farmland and forest were turned into wastelands of death classified as “Red Zone“. The civilian population was forced to flee and many people never came back again. The battlefields are maintained as authentic battle sites and remains, testimonials to the fighting waged during the Great War.
Today, Meuse boasts the richest “Great War“ heritage in the world. This historic, archaeological and commemorative heritage bears the stamp of authenticity. Forts and buildings, artillery batteries and concrete trenches, bunkers and communication trenches, mine craters and shell holes, tunnels, monuments, graves and tombstones combine to create wartime landscapes across tens of thousands of hectares in Meuse.