Verdun – They Shall Not Pass

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The city of Verdun was surrounded by a ring of fortresses during World War I. Where other French strongpoints fell, Verdun withstood the German invasion, but between 1914 and 1918 between 700,000 and 1 million lost their lives in the fight for Verdun.

We visited Verdun in early November 2011, a few days before Armistice Day. Perhaps it was just our knowing what happened there, but it seemed a sad place, despite the banner proclaiming it the “City of Peace”. Like many places in France, the concept of selling commemorative T-shirts seemed to have missed Verdun completely.

I ordered this one online from a site called Zazzle as soon as we got back from Verdun. I had hopes of it arriving in time for Armistice Day, November 11. Instead it arrived on November 28, apparently shipped from California, even though I ordered from their French website.

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