Trench of the Bayonets

Trench of the Bayonets, Verdun: Address, Trench of the Bayonets Reviews: 3.5/5

Trench of the Bayonets
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Dilbertfan
Surrey, UK388 contributions
Oct 2021
There is really very little to see: it is largely left to the imagination. There is no charge for entry.
Written November 4, 2021
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Nathan T
6 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
No English subtitles. Small parking lot on the side of the road. If we would have looked we could have stayed parked at the main memorial and dinner a walk through the woods. Based on the map it looks like less than half a kilometer from the cemetery/main memorial.
Written July 3, 2020
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iWiebe
Utrecht, The Netherlands1,095 contributions
Aug 2019
The first memorial where you come upon when you follw the D913 from Bras-sur-Meuse. It's o moving place when taking into account the horrific events tat have taken place here. The bajonets are long gone, still you can see the tips of the rifles protruding just above the ground, the soldiers are still there.
Written February 3, 2020
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ebdeervalley
Park City, UT149 contributions
Jan 2020
easy parking ,short walk , no charge ....no reason to be critical of this preserved site of this terrible battle
Written January 12, 2020
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Lord Fin de Siecle
Vallejo, CA39 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Some bad reviews here because people are expecting bayonets sticking out of the mud. Based on the name.

When first discovered there were still some quite long rusted bayonet pieces attached to the rifles. Sadly these are long gone although I have been unable to find out what happened to them..

This site became famous and symbolic of the horror and sacrifice of war as well as a patriotic symbol and was heavily visited in 1920s and 1930s at a time when there was little control.

(In fact a popular weekend pastime in the 1920s was to visit battlefields where local "guides" would dig up artifacts for you as souvenirs (often fake).

But what you are looking at now are the metal tips of the rifles protruding a couple inches just above ground.

These are now level surrounded by a pool of protective concrete to stabilize them and frankly prevent the hordes of selfie stick goons, who infect the world and hold nothing sacred, taking them as souvenirs.

The remains of the soldiers are under the guns in the bottom of the encased trench. This is not myth. The history of this French regiment and their fate is well documented.

It's still incredibly moving if you have any kind of soul.

Definitely visit.
Written October 18, 2019
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Barry J
105 contributions
Sep 2019
Interesting story that I heard about since childhood. Displays explain the site, but as near as I could tell, the bayonets have been removed. Not much to see.
Written September 27, 2019
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mikervet
Colac, Australia155 contributions
Sep 2019
This will not take long to visit but takes a long time to understand. An interesting story and a very somber monument. Worth stopping but no roses to smell.
Written September 18, 2019
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Knot2Worry
Columbia, SC109 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Very small. Writing only on French. Is not a depiction of life in the trenches. Was disappointing for me, but as a Memorial it’s ok.
Written September 5, 2019
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julaHolland
holland161 contributions
Aug 2019
Quiet place. A place like there have been thousands or more. Let’s not forget: don’t make war.
It’s free and at the side of the main road. Enough parking space. Just a few kilometers from Verdun.
Written August 18, 2019
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BevBristol
Bristol82 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Looking at other reviews, they are correct in stating there is not much to see. However, what you do experience here is peace. You can listen to the birds and see trees and vegetation, which is something that all of those lost in the futility of the Battle of Verdun had taken away from them.
Written July 5, 2019
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