Vauquois

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Vauquois
Vauquois La mairie.JPG
Vauquois is located in France
Vauquois
Vauquois
Coordinates: 49°12′14″N 5°04′24″E / 49.2039°N 5.0733°E / 49.2039; 5.0733Coordinates: 49°12′14″N 5°04′24″E / 49.2039°N 5.0733°E / 49.2039; 5.0733
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Meuse
Arrondissement Arrondissement of Verdun
Canton Canton of Varennes-en-Argonne
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de Montfaucon-Varennes-en-Argonne
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Delandre
Area1 8.14 km2 (3.14 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 22
 • Density 2.7/km2 (7.0/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 55536 /55270
Elevation 184–290 m (604–951 ft)
(avg. 318 m or 1,043 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Vauquois is a commune in the Meuse department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.

During World War 1, Vauquois was the site of violent mine warfare,[1] also in connection with the Battle of Verdun (1916). From 1915 to 1918, French and German tunneling units fired 519 separate mines at Vauquois, and the German gallery network beneath the village hill (the Butte de Vauquois) grew to a length of 17 kilometres (11 mi). Vauquois was completely destroyed and many huge craters and dugouts remain.

The French papyrologist Jean Maspero (1885–1915) died in Vauquois.

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