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Vacherauville, Grand Est, France

Louvemont was once a French village, unoccupied since the Battle of Verdun, World War One.

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About Louvemont

Louvemont is a commune in the Haute-Marne department in north-eastern France.

Louvemont history

Louvemont near Bras-Sur-Meuse in France, was once a small French village. However, when the Battle of Verdun broke out in 1916, Louvemont became one of the “villages that died for France”. The Battle of Louvemont, which ended on 18 December, 1916 with the recapture of Chambrettes and the capture of over 11,000 German prisoners. This marked the end of the Battle of Verdun.

The town was so badly damaged by war that Louvemont was never again occupied, becoming a ghost of its past.

Louvemont today

Very little remains here, however that which does or has been built since commemorates Louvemont and its former residents. Like other former villages of its kind in this region, Louvemont contains several memorials and plaques describing the people who used to live there and the shops and families who inhabited it.

There is now also a modest chapel at Louvemont which was consecrated in the 1930s together with a handful of graves. This is a small site without any formal guidance. It might be seen as part of a general tour of Verdun.

Getting to Louvemont

Louvemont is in the north-east of France, roughly 52 kilometres from Chaumont, the department capital and approximately 191 kilometres from Paris. Public transport aorund the area is extremely limited, so travelling by car is recommended.

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