Douaumont

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Douaumont

(do͞o-ōmôN`), village, Meuse dept., NE France. It was part of the VerdunVerdun
, town (1990 pop. 23,427), Meuse dept., NE France, in Lorraine, on the Meuse River. A strategic transportation center, Verdun has varied industries and is situated in an agricultural region.
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 battlefield in World War I, and its cemetery, now a national memorial, contains the graves of 300,000 unidentified French soldiers.
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During the first several months of the fighting, the Germans captured Fort Douaumont and Fort Vaux, and by late June were on the verge of taking Verdun.
The so-called Gibraltar of the French defenses, Fort Douaumont dominated the terrain and became the focal point for both armies.
Fort Douaumont was garrisoned by only a small detachment of elderly territorial gunners manning the sole 155-mm turret gun that had survived Joffre's purge.

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