Fleury-devant-Douaumont

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Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Sign indicating the site of the destroyed village
Sign indicating the site of the destroyed village
Coat of arms of Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Coat of arms
Location of Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Fleury-devant-Douaumont is located in France
Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Fleury-devant-Douaumont is located in Grand Est
Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Fleury-devant-Douaumont
Coordinates: 49°11′44″N 5°26′07″E / 49.1956°N 5.4353°E / 49.1956; 5.4353Coordinates: 49°11′44″N 5°26′07″E / 49.1956°N 5.4353°E / 49.1956; 5.4353
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentMeuse
ArrondissementVerdun
CantonBelleville-sur-Meuse
IntercommunalityGrand Verdun
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Pierre Laparra
Area
1
10.27 km2 (3.97 sq mi)
Population
 (2016)
0
 • Density0.0/km2 (0.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
55189 /55100
Elevation227–390 m (745–1,280 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Fleury-devant-Douaumont is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

During the Battle of Verdun in 1916 it was captured and recaptured by the Germans and French sixteen times. Since then, it has been unoccupied (official population: 0) as had the communes of Bezonvaux, Beaumont-en-Verdunois, Haumont-près-Samogneux, Louvemont-Côte-du-Poivre, and Cumières-le-Mort-Homme.

History[edit]

During the war, the town was completely destroyed and the land was made uninhabitable to such an extent that a decision was made not to rebuild it. The area around the municipality was contaminated by corpses, explosives and poisonous gas, so no farmers could take up their work. The site of the commune is maintained as a testimony to war and is officially designated as a "village that died for France." It is managed by a municipal council of three members appointed by the prefect of the Meuse department.

Before the war Fleury was a village of 422 that produced agriculture and woodworking. Today, it is a wooded area next to the Verdun Memorial. Arrows guide visitors to where the street and houses used to be.

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